England U21 national coach Aidy Boothroyd can understand Jamal Musiala’s rejection of England national teams. He explained that at the presentation of the Three Lions European Championship squad for the U21 European Championship starting at the end of the month.
Musiala announced at the end of February that he would play for the DFB team with immediate effect. He had previously played international matches for Boothroyd’s English U21s. Musiala has an English father and a German mother and was therefore able to stand for both countries.
“Jamal is a very thoughtful young man. He thought everything through very carefully,” Boothroyd told the press. The coach expressed understanding for Musiala’s decision, even if it restricted his options in the upcoming tournament: “If you play in Germany, speak German, live with your German mother, then you can hardly convince him that he is English,” added Boothroyd.
“He said that Germany was in his heart – and I fully understand that,” he said. “We wish him the best of luck and we’re not bothering about that anymore, we’re focusing on the players who want to be part of what we want to build,” said the England coach.
National coach Joachim Löw had already announced that he would invite Musiala for the upcoming international matches in the World Cup qualifying.