FIFA approves Bayern teen Jamal Musiala's switch to Germany

Despite playing for both Germany and England at the under-16 level, Musiala wanted to commit his senior international career to the German National Team.

Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala (Left) became the club's youngest goalscorer in the Champions League after his strike against Lazio in the round of 16 first-leg.   -  REUTERS

FIFA said it gave formal approval on Friday for Bayern Munich teenager Jamal Musiala to switch his national eligibility to Germany from England.

The 18-year-old midfielder can now be called up to the German national team, which begins 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifying games this month.

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Musiala declared his wish last month to represent Germany, where he was born. He moved to England at age seven and played in Chelsea's youth academy.

He played for both Germany and England at the under-16 level and most recently played two under-21 games for England in November.

Musiala signed his first professional contract with Bayern this month on a five-year deal through 2026.