GARETH SOUTHGATE revealed his frustration that Yunus Musah will line up for the USA tonight.
The Valencia midfielder, who featured for England at four youth age groups and was under-18s captain, switched allegiances in March 2021.
Asked about tonight’s opponents, the Three Lions manager said: “Firstly, they are very proactive on recruitment.
“They took one of ours which we were not very happy about but fair play.
“Yunus was in our Under-19s and then we went into lockdown.
“He was a player at that stage I had not had a lot of contact with and the decision was made before I had the chance to get to know him well.”
Explaining his decision Musah, who was once described as an “American Paul Pogba” by Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper, said: “I enjoyed my time with England, the coaches and the players, it was amazing.
“But there came a time where I was playing first team at Valencia and the US coaches were talking to me a lot about the projects they had and I felt that I would play a part in it.
“We have a great team in the US and the project could be something big.”
- World Cup news LIVE: All the latest from Qatar
- England vs USA: Three Lions can cement progress from Group B with victory over Americans
- Wales vs Iran: Dragons look to put one foot in knockout stage if they can beat Iranians
- England vs Wales – Group B concludes with an EPIC all-British battle in Qatar
Prior to joining Valencia in 2019, Musah played for Arsenal at academy level alongside the likes of Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe for seven years.
Speaking about his Gunners experience, he said: “Seeing the likes of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, I wanted to be like them.
“I was aspiring to be the next step at Arsenal because I was under them.
“I played with Saka and Emile and they’re great players.
“I’m so happy they’re now playing in the first-team at Arsenal but my decision to leave was that I felt that Valencia had a great plan for me.
“They provided me with so much trust as you can see and with everything they were offering it sounded like a great plan.”
Saka is set to start again for the Three Lions tonight, with Southgate expected to name an unchanged starting XI to the one that comfortably beat Iran 6-2 in their group opener.
/ 5 hours ago
Granit Xhaka urges Arsenal pal Eddie Nketiah to play major role in Premier League title push after Gabriel Jesus surgery
GRANIT XHAKA has told Eddie Nketiah he has a major role to play in...
/ 5 hours ago
Jack Grealish’s World Cup rivals placing bets on how many times tricky England ace will be fouled, claims team-mate
BERNARDO SILVA revealed he has been making bets with Portugal team-mates on how many...
/ 6 hours ago
England vs France World Cup quarter-final is battle of the wide men.. and ours are better than theirs.. even with Mbappe
WHEN we held our Sun panel night ahead of this World Cup the verdict...