How USA star Yunus Musah could have played for England
AL RAYYAN, Qatar -- Yunus Musah will be a centerpiece for the US men's national team when it faces England in a critical World Cup group stage match on Friday, but he was close -- very, very close -- to playing for the other side.
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In fact, if not for a quirk of scheduling because of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, Musah -- who spent his teenage years growing up in London and representing England's youth national teams -- would likely be featuring for the Three Lions instead.
We talked about it so much because there were a lot of feelings, Musah's older brother, Abdul, told ESPN. Looking back, the situation was so unusual. But I remember picking up Yunus at the airport after he came back from his first time with the US and I said, 'How was it?' and he looked at me and he said, 'I'm not going anywhere else.'
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