Musiala draws inspiration from England’s youth teams for Germany |  World Cup 2022

Musiala draws inspiration from England’s youth teams for Germany | World Cup 2022

Jamal Musiala has stated that the “play with freedom” motto he learned while representing England’s youth teams continued to be his inspiration for Germany’s World Cup campaign.

The Stuttgart-born 19-year-old moved to London aged seven and went to school there and played for England youth teams before deciding to represent Germany at senior level. The Bayern Munich midfielder is aware of how important his formative years were.

“You learn different things in the youth teams of England than playing in Germany,” said Musiala. “I took home a lot of messages. It was a different environment that set up the youth of England.

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“They value individual technique and one-on-one play. Playing with freedom was the motto at the time. That’s what inspired me and it will stay with me for the rest of my football life.”

Germany has an impressive track record in major tournaments, including four World Cup victories, most recently in 2014. But Musiala believes his country can still learn from England.

“England have tremendous qualities in terms of individual players,” he said. “All England players go for one-on-one duels, so that’s something we can learn about the courage not to avoid dribbles.”

Jamal Musiala

As a youngster, Musiala wanted England to win. “I wasn’t into face painting when I was little, but when I played for England’s youth teams, of course I supported the Three Lions,” he said. “Obviously I hope they do well because it was a part of my life for a while. I always wanted to play for England when I was younger. When I played in England I supported them with all my heart.”

Of Mario Götze’s winner for Germany in the 2014 final, he said: “Eight years ago I was 11 and sitting on the couch with my parents. I watched it in England at the time. Götze’s goal against Argentina was a huge experience for me.”

Lothar Matthäus, who led West Germany to victory at the 1990 World Cup, has compared Musiala to Lionel Messi.

Musiala said: “This comparison is an absolute honor because Messi has been playing at the top all his life. So comparing me to Messi is out of the question. I really think I should focus on myself, there is still a lot of room for improvement .”

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