Updated: Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:32 | By Agence France-Presse

Klinsmann delight as striker Green opts to play for USA

The 18-year-old, who was born in Florida to a German mother and American father, has represented both Germany and the United States at youth level, but has now pledged his allegiance to Jurgen Klinsmann's side and a potential place at the World Cup in Brazil. 

Klinsmann delight as striker Green opts to play for USA

Bayern Munich's Spanish headcoach Pep Guardiola (from L) speaks with Patrick Weihrauch, Alessandro Schoepf and Julian Green dueing the pre-season football match Hansa Rostock vs FC Bayern Munich on July 14, 2013 in Rostock, northern Germany - by Johannes Eisele

"It's super! He is a great talent with a brilliant future ahead of him," said a delighted Klinsmann, who coached Germany at the 2006 World Cup and is a former international striker for the Mannschaft. 

Green has already been included in the US squad for a World Cup preparation match against Mexico on April 2 in Glendale, California, but admitted his decision to play for the Americans was not taken lightly. 

"It was a difficult decision, taken after a long discussion with my family," said Green who has come up through the Bayern youth system to make his first-team debut last November in a Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow. 

"It would be crazy (to play at the World Cup), but to get there, I have to work extremely hard." said Green.

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