Yunus Musah and Bukayo Saka have spent time on the pitch together as teammates with both the Arsenal academy and England, but they may face each other as opponents for the first time on Friday.
After his youth career with England, Musah made the switch to the United States Men’s National Team for his senior career, having been born in New York City to make him eligible for the country.
Saka, meanwhile, is proving one of Gareth Southgate’s key players for England at the moment. So both former Arsenal academy youngsters could well be starting as England face the USA in the World Cup on Friday night.
Musah has admitted he’s looking forward to that opportunity, naming Jude Bellingham as another former England teammate he’s hoping to face.
“How all this came together was a bit crazy, but now I’m here and taking it all in,” Musah said (via The S*n).
“I used to play for England with Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham then I switched so now I am here. To share a field with them will be very special.”
Though he represented England at every youth level up to the u18s, Musah’s decision to switch national teams has already paid dividends, as he’s earned 20 appearances for his country before his 20th birthday and is currently at a World Cup.
Arsenal are reportedly keeping an eye on Musah, and they’ll be particularly interested to see how he does against England.
Musah has been loyal to Valencia so far, signing a contract extension to 2026 with a €100m release clause. But with Valencia languishing in mid-table, he may find himself wanting to push on and play at another level in the coming years.
“You never know,” Musah said of an Arsenal return. “I had a great time at Arsenal developing there, I still have friends there, the coaches were great, being an Arsenal player in general is great.
“I loved playing for Arsenal. I’ve nothing against the club and if one day it turns out to be that it’s time to go back then it’s possible.
“For now I’m really happy at Valencia and I’m looking forward to carrying this season on in the same way we’re doing now.”