Germany World Cup winning captain Lothar Matthaus has enjoyed teasing England over the loss of Jamal Musiala.
Musiala quit Chelsea for Bayern Munich as a 16 year-old has since committed to Germany despite playing for England at youth level.
Matthaus told the Daily Mail: “You gave the best player from the young English generation to Germany — Musiala. I have a son who is eight years old. I have to buy the Bayern Munich shirts with No 42 on the back and the Germany shirt with No 14. My son is crazy about Musiala.
“So, thank you England for giving him to us! I do not know why you did not fight more to keep this player in the English shirt. We are so happy to have him. When he is on the field, this is like Messi three years ago.
“He has everything. Fast, good dribbling, the last pass, he can score. He gets the ball and always goes forward — like me, against Yugoslavia. He is also learning to work better for the defence. He is becoming the complete player. In the future, he will be one of the very best players in the world.”