‘It is nice to see England get a taste of their own medicine!’: Roy Keane revels in Germany wonderkid Jamal Musiala opting against representing the Three Lions at international level insisting ‘they took Grealish and Rice’ from the Republic of Ireland
Roy Keane has thrown a cheeky dig in England’s direction as he revelled in Jamal Musiala’s decision to represent Germany ahead of the Three Lions.
The former Republic of Ireland captain was speaking in the ITV studio ahead of Germany’s opening clash with Japan, when he was asked about Musiala’s allegiance to the German team.
Keane used it as an opportunity to lay into England and notably Jack Grealish and Declan Rice, for having a player reject one country in favour of representing another nation.
Jamal Masiala chose to play for Germany and started in Wednesday’s opener against Japan
Roy Keane was revelling in Musiala’s decision to switch from England, saying the Three Lions got a taste of their own medicine
Keane said: ‘He (Musiala) is a kid and learning his trade, and what a place to be learning. It is nice to see England get a taste of their own medicine.
They took Grealish and Rice… don’t’ get me started on that. We are looking forward to watching him. When he get’s interviewed he comes across so mature, it is so impressive to see.’
Musiala was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and Nigerian father, but moved to England when he was seven years old and represented the Three Lions all the way up to Under-21 level while part of Chelsea’s academy.
Musiala played for England at all youth levels all the way up to the Under-21 side before switch
However, having moved to Bayern Munich in 2019 and subsequently made his professional debut for the German giants, the 19-year-old switched his allegiance to Germany last year and has gone on to earn 17 caps for the country.
The switch mirrors Grealish and Rice’s decision to switch their national team preference from Ireland to England – something which still irks the Irish fans.
Rice won 3 caps for Ireland and was labelled a future Irish skipper by Mick McCarthy in 2018 before deciding to play for England, while Grealish played up to Under-21 level in green before turning down a full international call-up in favour of waiting for England.
Teenager Musiala started for Germany as they took on Japan on Wednesday afternoon and Keane’s fellow pundit Ian Wright said that his decision to play for ‘better international footballing nation’ is one England just have to accept.
Both Jack Grealish and Declan Rice represented Ireland before switching to play for England
Wright said: ‘When you look at the amount of players who have chosen England over their own countries, it is one we have to take. We have to take it in our stride.
He has chosen Germany and lets face it they are a better international footballing nation than ours. He is good enough at 19 to play for Germany. He is born in Germany and he has chosen his home country.
I have seen him compared to Messi, he is just trying to get his career going. But like Bellingham, there is no ceiling.’
The move to Bayern Munich in 2019 helped convince Musiala to play international football for the German national team
Former England Lioness Karen Carney was alongside Wright and Keane and she preferred to focus on Musiala’s attributes rather than who he’s playing for.
‘His best position is central, he is really graceful with the way he moves, very fluid.’ Carney said about the Bayern star.
‘Don’t question his relaxed style, he is clinical in the final third It is a shame will missed out on a top talent. He is only 19 and there is still a lot for him to do physically, which I think is what Bellingham has over him.’
Germany play Japan in Group E, before games against Spain on Sunday and then finishing with Costa Rica next Thursday.