‘Good to see England get a taste of their own medicine!’: Roy Keane revels in Germany’s wunderkind Jamal Musiala, who opts not to represent the Three Lions internationally, insisting that ‘they took Grealish and Rice’ of the Republic of Ireland.
Roy Keane has made a cheeky comment in the direction of England while reveling 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 game against Japan when he was asked about Musiala’s loyalty to the German team.
Keane used it as an opportunity to criticize England, and in particular Jack Grealish and Declan Rice, for having a player turn down one country in favor of representing another nation.
Jamal Masiala chose to play for Germany and started Wednesday’s opener against Japan
Roy Keane reveled in Musiala’s decision to move from England, saying the Three Lions had a taste of their own medicine.
Keane said: ‘He (Musiala) is a boy and learning his trade, and what a place to learn. It’s nice to see England get a taste of his own medicine.
They took Grealish and Rice… don’t get me started on that. We can’t wait to see it. When he is interviewed, he is so mature that it is impressive to watch.’
Musiala was born in Stuttgart to a German mother and a Nigerian father, but moved to England when he was seven years old and represented the Three Lions up to Under-21 level while being part of the Chelsea academy.
Musiala played for England at all youth levels up to the Under-21 team before the switch
However, after moving to Bayern Munich in 2019 and subsequently making his professional debut for the German giants, the 19-year-old switched allegiance to Germany last year and has made 17 appearances for the country.
The change reflects Grealish and Rice’s decision to switch their national team preference from Ireland to England, something that still rankles with Irish fans.
Rice won 3 caps for Ireland and was rated as a future Irish captain 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 favor of waiting for England.
Teenager Musiala started for Germany when they faced Japan on Wednesday afternoon and Keane’s fellow pundit Ian Wright said his decision to play for a “better international footballing nation” is one England must accept.
Both Jack Grealish and Declan Rice represented Ireland before going on to play for England.
Wright said: “When you look at the number of players who have chosen England over their own countries, it’s one we have to take.” We have to take it easy.
They have chosen Germany and, let’s face it, they are a better international soccer nation than ours. He is good enough at 19 to play for Germany. He was born in Germany and has chosen his country of origin.
I’ve seen him compared to Messi, he’s 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 soccer for the German national team.
Former England Lioness Karen Carney was alongside Wright and Keane and preferred to focus on Musiala’s attributes rather than who he is playing for.
“His best position is central, he’s very graceful with the way he moves, very fluid.” Carney said about the Bayern star.
‘Don’t question his laid-back style, it’s clinical in the final third. It’s a shame that such a great talent has been lost. He’s only 19 years old and he still has a lot to do physically, which I think is what Bellingham has on him.”
Germany plays Japan in Group E, before matches against Spain on Sunday and then ends with Costa Rica next Thursday.