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Jamal Musiala has revealed that he has chosen to represent Germany over England following his stunning display in the Champions League for Bayern Munich.
The 17-year-old finally announced his decision to align with Germany after netting his fourth goal of the season against Lazio in Europe, while admitting that he wasn't sure he would get the chance to play regularly if he had opted for England.
“I’ve thought about this question a lot,” he told The Athletic .“What is best for my future? Where do I have more chances to play?
"In the end, I just listened to the feeling that over a long period of time kept telling me that it was the right decision to play for Germany, the land I was born in.
"Still, it wasn’t an easy decision for me.”
Musiala became the youngest English scorer in Champions League history when he produced an excellent finish from just outside the box to put Bayern 2-0 up in the 24th minute of their round of 16 first-leg tie in Rome.
Robert Lewandowski hadearlier given the German champions the lead after tapping into an empty net, andLeroy Sane scored 18minutes after Musialabefore a Francesco Acerbi own goal in the second half ensured that Lazio will have a mountain to climb in the second leg on March 17.
Musiala's goal capped a superb all-round performance which showed exactly why so much had beenmade of which country he woulddecide to represent when the 2022 World Cup qualifiers begin at the end of March.
The young playmaker thrived in a No.10 role that allowed him the freedom to drive at the Lazio defence and create many of Bayern's best openings, with his spot in Hansi Flick's starting XI now all but completely secure.
Flick told Sky Germany of Musiala's ability prior to the contest: "He can hold the ball, create a goal hazard, play the last pass. We expect him to. It is important that he matures in such games."
Musiala will likely get the chance to feature again when Bayern play host to Kolnin the Bundesliga on Saturday, which comes seven days before aDer Klassiker encounter against Borussia Dortmund.