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USA's Yunus Musah

USA's Yunus Musah

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USA's Yunus Musah

Former England youth midfielder Yunus Musah is set to star for the United States against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park later this month.

Musah has opted against playing for England at senior level and will instead represent the country of his birth.

The New York-born 18-year-old Valencia player, who made more than 30 appearances for the Three Lions at age group levels up to Under-18s, was also eligible to represent Ghana and Italy but has chosen to wear the colours of the USA.

"I think it was pretty clear for me to decide to play for the United States," says Musah.

"First of all, I think it makes sense to represent the country I was born in. The moment I decided to play for the United States came one day when my heart told me that this was the best place for me.

"The project that we have now and for the future is so exciting, and it's a great pleasure to be able to be a part of that. I can't wait to get started."

Musah was born in America in November 2002 while his Ghanaian mother was visiting relatives in the Bronx, but his family moved to Italy shortly afterwards and it was there that he took his initial steps in the game.

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However, he spent seven years at the Arsenal Academy following a switch to London, helping the Gunners' Under-18s to the 2018 FA Youth Cup Final and the 2018-19 Youth Premier League South championship before the prospect of first team football took him to Spain as a 16-year-old during the summer of 2019.

He made his senior international debut for the US in a friendly against Wales last September and will hope to add to his two caps to date against Jamaica and Northern Ireland this month.


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