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Yunus Musah called up to USMNT for friendlies with Jamaica & Northern Ireland

Robbie Copeland
Musah has committed to the US Men's National Team
Musah has committed to the US Men's National Team / Denis Doyle/Getty Images
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Highly rated Valencia youngster Yunus Musah has committed his international future to the United States and could feature against Jamaica and Northern Ireland in the forthcoming international break.

Musah was born in New York but represented England at youth level, before switching over to the US to make a senior debut last November. Since appearances against Wales and Panama came in friendlies, Musah remained eligible for England, Ghana and Italy. However, the USMNT have confirmed he has committed his international career to Gregg Belhalter's team.

Musah joined Valencia from Arsenal's academy in 2019, and the 18-year-old has made 27 appearances this season, including 16 starts.

He said via the US Soccer website: “I think it was pretty clear for me to decide to play for the United States. 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 could have taken his pick from any of the four countries he is eligible for, but chose the US after they expressed interest from an early stage. Manager Berhalter puts that down to his assistant Nico Estevez maintaining a good relationship with Valencia, as he previously coached with the La Liga club.

Berhalter added: “We have a very good relationship with Valencia due to Nico Estevez being a former coach there. When Yunus came into their program, we were alerted that he was there.

"From then, we began to communicate with him and support him from afar. I’ve had numerous conversations with Yunus and his family about our project and how he can fit into the whole thing.

"Nico was really instrumental in keeping the day-to-day relationship. It was a group effort, and we’re excited to have Yunus committed to the United States.”

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