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Müller and Alaba

Youth pair set for senior international stage

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm blazed the trail, and now two more products of the Bayern junior team youth section are poised to follow: Germany starlet Thomas Müller (20) is in line for his senior international debut just weeks from now, with David Alaba (17) poised for a first run-out in Austria colours on Wednesday evening.

“If he keeps it up, I think he’ll be in the squad for our games against Chile and Egypt in November,” Joachim Löw said on Tuesday, all but confirming a call-up for Müller in his country’s upcoming friendlies. The youngster was a realistic contender for last Saturday’s crunch World Cup qualifier in Russia, the Germany coach also revealed.

Bayern boy since the age of ten

“I’m unbelievably pleased for Thomas,” Werner Kern told fcbayern.de. The junior team chief said he was “not surprised” by Müller’s progress. “Thomas is a regular for Bayern Munich, and that says it all.” Müller has appeared in all 12 of the club’s matches this term, seven of them from the start. A string of fine displays and five goals have brought him to Löw’s attention.

Müller joined Bayern as a ten-year-old and played at every youth level for the club, before marking his reserve debut in March 2008 with a goal. After a single season with FCB II in the third division, where he scored 15 goals in 32 appearances, the versatile forward stepped up to the senior squad this term.

Rapid ascent

“Thomas has done incredibly well, because he’s also passed his university entrance diploma at the same time,” reported Kern, “he’s surmounted huge hurdles and still started out on a pro career in the game.” Character and talent are the youngster’s key attributes, Kern said. “Thomas is a straight up, intelligent young man. He’s never let anything stand in his way, and he knows exactly what he wants.”

Kern does not feel the player will be distracted by his impending senior call-up. “He has fantastic support from his family. He’ll keep his feet firmly on the ground. Thomas will make his way in the world,” the FCB official said.