The Young Lions received a major blow after Bayern Munich’s 17-year-old midfielder Jamal Musiala opted to represent Germany at the international level.
The 18-year-old, who was born in Stuttgart, made two appearances for England during the Under-21s’ qualifying campaign, scoring on his debut against
in November, but pledged his international future to Germany last month.
The English and German football associations had been fighting to secure
’s international future, but the 18-year-old is now ready to be called up by Germany’s senior squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
England Under-21s boss
has shown his respect for Musiala’s decision and wished him the best of luck.
"Jamal is a very measured young man,"
Boothroyd told reporters at the unveiling of his squad.
"He’s obviously thought it through.
"When you’re working in Germany, speak German and you live with your German mum, it’s very difficult to persuade him that he’s actually English.
"It was his decision, he talked about having a heart for Germany and I totally understand that. We wish him the best of luck and we move on and focus on the players who want to be part of what we want to build."