Bayern star in Zelalem like issue will make international debut next month

Gedion Zelalem

Gedion Zelalem is wanted to play international football for the United States - and they already have Julian Green switching from Germany.

Just like Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United, Zelalem has a choice to make concerning his international football career.

Born in Germany to Ethiopian parents he lived in the USA from 2006 until he made the move to Arsenal in 2013.

So he has three options for his international career - Ethiopia, Germany or USA.

He has already featured for Germany’s under-15, under-16 and under-17 outfits - but has so far refused to confirm his intention to play international football for Die Mannschaft.

He is also wanted by Ethiopia - whose foreign minister Adhanom Tedros stated in October, via Twitter, the following invite:

"Hi Gedion... we hope you will play for Ethiopia soon."

And now the USA want a piece of the action.

They previously tried to get him playing for the country’s youth teams - but as he is not a US citizen that could not happen.

He still trained with the US under-16’s - but cannot play for them until considered a citizen of the United States of America.

It even got to a point where a group of ‘soccer’ fans petitioned to have Zelalem ‘fast-tracked’ to becoming a US citizen - calling on President Barack Obama and US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati to fast-track such a deal.

And a player with a similar choice has made his.

Julian Green - a young, talented, winger with Bayern - announced earlier this week that he would be playing his international football for the USA despite moving to Germany at the age of two.

And he has now been called up to his first USMNT squad.

Green received special dispensation from Bayern to play for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side against Mexico on April 2nd.

Green is the only European representative in the team - and will be trying to make an impact and force his way to into the World Cup squad this summer.

But it does show that the US federation are more than willing to give players with dual nationality the chance to play for the USMNT - meaning Zelalem is likely to be on their radar.

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