Jamal Musiala snubbed England for Germany but he isn’t the first to switch


England received a major blow after it emerged that Bayern Munich wonderkid Jamal Musiala had opted to represent Germany at international level.

After taking German football by storm, England would have been desperate for him to pull on the Three Lions jersey given he represented the country at both Under 17 and Under 21 level while also rising through Chelsea‘s academy.

But Musiala, who was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and British-Nigerian father, has now pledged his allegiance to the 2014 World Cup champions.

The 17-year-old is expected to accept an invitation to join up with Germany’s squad next month and now there is no turning back for a player tipped for a big future.

The teenager has already shone at such a tender age in Germany for Bayern, most recently against Lazio in the Champions League on Tuesday after scoring in the 4-1 rout.

Germany will be celebrating but England will be left ruing his decision, while Gareth Southgate could reportedly also lose Manchester United right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to DR Congo if he fails to pick him in his upcoming squads.

The practice of switching international allegiances certainly isn’t new, however. Here, Sportsmail has taken a look at 10 high-profile players that have made the switch…

Jamal Musiala has opted to represent Germany at senior level after shining for Bayern Munich

Jamal Musiala has opted to represent Germany at senior level after shining for Bayern Munich

Musiala has played for England at Under 17 and Under 21 level but is set to cut his ties

Musiala has played for England at Under 17 and Under 21 level but is set to cut his ties

1) Diego Costa: Brazil, Spain

The charismatic striker, who was born in Lagarto, featured twice for Brazil but both these games came in friendlies against Italy and Russia.

But while he was enjoying a breakout season at senior level in 2013-14, when he scored 27 league goals for Atletico Madrid, he decided to represent Spain at international level. 

In October 2013, Costa declared his intentions to play for Spain, sending a letter to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), after being granted Spanish citizenship in July. 

Brazil boss at that time Luiz Felipe Scolari certainly wasn’t best pleased, insisting: ‘A Brazilian player who refuses to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team and compete in a World Cup in your country is automatically withdrawn. He is turning his back on a dream of millions, to represent our national team, the five-time champions in a World Cup in Brazil.’

Costa didn’t look back though and not long after made his debut for Spain in March 2014 against Italy. He has played two World Cups for his country, the first which was in 2014 in Brazil, and has gone onto score 10 times at international level.

Diego Costa began his international career with Brazil, his country of birth

But he soon opted to play for Spain, and has featured in two World Cups

Diego Costa played for Brazil in two friendlies before switching allegiances to Spain

2) Wilfried Zaha: England, Ivory Coast

From an English point of view, Zaha’s decision to represent Ivory Coast is arguably the most high-profile one of all.

The Crystal Palace winger featured twice for England at senior level, enduring brief cameos against Sweden and Scotland under Roy Hodgson.



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