John Anthony Brooks will choose between United States and Germany shortly

Boris Streubel

Hertha Berlin defender John Anthony Brooks, who has represented the United States and Germany at Under-20 level, plans to choose which team he'll represent this summer.

German-American central defender John Anthony Brooks, who has represented both of the nations he is eligible for at the Under-20 level, will make a decision on his future this summer. He will likely be asked to play in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup with the U.S. and the European Under-21 Championship for Germany, and playing in either tournament would tie him to the nation he chooses.

In Berliner Kurier, Brooks spoke about his decision.

Ich darf noch immer für beide Verbände spielen. Ich habe mich noch nicht entschieden, für wen. Ich weiß jetzt auch noch nicht, ob ich im Sommer bei der U20-WM in der Türkei für die USA spiele oder bei der U21-EM in Israel für den DFB. Das werde ich in den nächsten Wochen ganz in Ruhe abwägen.

If you don't read German, Brooks says that he hasn't come to a decision about which tournament he'll play in and which team he'll play for, but he plans to make a decision over the next couple of weeks. Of course, Brooks could delay the decision and decline invitations to both camps, but it sounds like he plans on playing in one tournament or the other at present.

At just 20 years old, Brooks is a regular starter for Hertha Berlin, who are currently on top of the 2. Bundesliga and 11 points clear of the promotion play-off place with a game in hand on Kaiserslautern, meaning Brooks is almost certain to get a shot at regular Bundesliga action next season. He's a huge guy -- listed at between 6'4" and 6'6" depending on where you look -- and is obviously going to have a chance to play himself into the national team if he picks the United States.

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