No one was younger. Flick names Mukoko in World Cup squad

Dortmund (dpa) – At the age of 12 years and 311 days, Yussufah Mukoko was already playing for the U16 national team, the youngest player in the youth leagues to record back-to-back goals and in the Bundesliga. he is only 17 years old, the forward of Borussia Dortmund has already scored eleven goals this season.

No football professional in this brand was younger. Now, Moukoko has another record to follow. national coach Hansi Flick named him in the World Cup squad as the youngest World Cup player in DFB history.

“Proud and Happy”

“I was at home in front of the TV at 11 in the morning and I was hoping the time would pass quickly,” Moukoko told Sky TV. “For the last ten minutes I was very excited and sweaty. When I heard my name, it was incredible. I couldn’t believe it.” He was “incredibly proud and happy that I’m here.”

When nominated, Flick was vocal in his praise of the exceptional talent, who will only have his first game day on Nov. 20. “He has developed well, he gives a lot to the team,” said the national coach. He described the striker as “fast, lively and good at the end” and emphasized. “We are looking forward to him.”

Moukoko may have benefited from the World Cup cancellations of Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) and Lucas Nmecha (Wolfsburg) due to injury, but the young professional’s remarkable development has not only pleased the national coach. “Of course we are happy, he deserves it,” BVB coach Edin Terzic said.

The striker’s achievements made his club coach Terzic rave. “He is extremely talented and wants to improve every day. He’s made a huge step up, is always playable and uses his body a lot better.” At the same time, however, Terzic warned about noise. “The way we protected him when he hit the ball in front of the goal, it will continue now. He is and will remain 17.”

Haller’s gap closed

With six goals and four assists in 13 league games this season, Moukoko has filled in for new signing Sebastien Haller, who is suffering from cancer. He won an internal duel with summer acquisition Anthony Modeste. However, talks about extending the contract, which expires at the end of the season, have remained at an impasse.

However, a good relationship with coach and sponsor Terzic could help the young star stick to BVB. “I have Edin’s trust, I am familiar with the environment and I feel very comfortable here,” Mukoko said recently. And in his emotional Instagram post, apart from his family, he also openly thanked the BVB coaching staff and his teammates. The post ended with the sentence “I love you”.

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