ENGLAND have lost out in the battle for Jamal Musiala's international allegiance, according to reports in Germany.
The winger, 17, was born in Stuttgart but spent much of his childhood in England, playing for Chelsea's academy.
With both the Three Lions and Die Mannschaft keen on him committing to their national setups, he previously won caps with the youth teams of both.
Most recently, he turned out for England Under-21s and scored in November's 5-0 rout of Albania.
However, an elevation to the senior Germany side is on the cards ahead of next month's internationals.
Bild report on Musiala picking Joachim Low over Gareth Southgate following lengthy talks.
Germany national team chief Oliver Bierhoff held discussions with the teenager and his family in recent weeks, with his father a British-Nigerian and mother a German.
Former striker Bierhoff told Bild: "We had a very good and open conversation, now let’s wait and see how the boy decides from the heart which country he plays for.
"We clearly showed him what we think of him and that we are convinced that he can and will become a national player, but that is a very personal decision."
Bayern Munich are reportedly ready to put Musiala on a £100,000-a-week long-term contract as reward for his spectacular form.
Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with the player, who left West London for Bavaria in 2019.
Three Lions boss Southgate has also held talks with Musiala, who appeared to have become the youngest English goalscorer in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
A ferocious finish past Lazio helped Bayern to a 4-1 win in their last-16 first leg.
Germany face Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia in March to kick off their World Cup qualification campaign.
Former Mannschaft midfielder Michael Ballack said earlier this month that Musiala should pick the country he most wants to play for.
The 44-year-old said: "This case is a little bit of a political thing.
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"Of course, he is a very talented and promising player who is not completely ready to play for the national team but they want to make him play for Germany.
"I don't want to judge this from the distance. It's basically important that the player wants to play for Germany.
"Talks about this should be held and he has to tell his point of view. He is still very young, so these talks are very important."
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