Jamal Musiala enjoyed a gift for an early 18th dream birthday when he scored his first goal in the Champions League for Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
At the same time, the teenager became the youngest English scorer, but also the youngest Bayern in the competition.
But Musiala’s exploits seem to make him make a big decision – does he play for England or Germany at a higher level?
The England international from England, who will soon sign his first professional contract with Bayern, also has the right to play for Nigeria, and the battle for his services will soon intensify after his last milestone.
Both England and Germany have World Cup qualifier matches in late March, and if Musiala plays in any competitive senior match for one of them, he will be tied to that nation.
‘Make special decisions for special players’
German football expert Raphael Honigstein told the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast earlier this month that “Germany was making strong moves” for Musial and made it official that they want him in the senior team.
“The decision must be made very quickly: England or Germany?” said John Bennett of the BBC World Service. “It will be a big battle for him. According to reports in the German media, Germany is the favorite for him.
“The German media is very confident. There is currently a vacuum of young talent in German football and they are desperate for it. There are rumors that they will pick him for the next international break.”
Former England and Bayern midfielder Owen Hargreaves wants Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate to invite the teen to games against San Marino, Albania and Poland next month.
“Bayern has world-class players in all positions, so his entry and play is truly outstanding,” he told BT Sport.
“He is a special player, he can play from any wing and he is the best as the number 10 player – he is really athletic, looking for defenders, he has great composure, he is absolutely amazing and I am delighted that he started.
“You make a special decision for special players. I would love to see him in the England jersey, but it shows what level he is at if countries like England and Germany compete for him at 17 years old.”
Former England striker Peter Crouch added: “I believe Gareth should choose him. We don’t want him to play for Germany. You don’t know his way of thinking, the Germans will be in his ears, but why not shut him down?”
‘You have to wonder what Chelsea didn’t see’
Musiala was born in Germany to a British and Nigerian father and a German mother, and then moved to England in his youth.
He was at Chelsea Academy before joining Bayern in July 2019 and represented England at levels below 15, under 16, under 17 and under 21, but also Germany at under-16s.
He became the youngest player to appear in the Bundesliga for the club when he made his debut against Freiburg in June, aged just 17 years and 115 days.
And Musiala then made his name in the record book as Bayern’s youngest scorer with a goal against Schalke after opening the opening day of the season on the bench.
Then, at the second start of Musiale in the Champions League and the fourth appearance in the competition, he grabbed his first goal.
This means that he is now the second youngest player to score a goal in the knockout phase, after Bojan (at the age of 17 217 days) hit the Barcelona net against Schalke in the 2007-08 quarterfinals.
“This must be the biggest night of his career,” said John Bennett of the BBC’s World Service.
“He was a huge part of this completely dominant performance. He played the role of Thomas Muller and he was great.”
Crouch added, “You have to wonder what Chelsea didn’t see and how he was released.”
‘Take Jamal to the Euro’ – reaction …
Sulaimon: Great goal by Jamal Musiale. How I wish he could play for Nigeria, but I think he would have preferred Germany or England.
Camiea: Take Jamal Musial to the Euro.
Jackie: Jamal Musiala will be some player, he and Jude Bellingham look classy. The young English talent looks solid.
Tom: England who lost at Musial will really hurt in a few years.