Manchester United Starlet Adnan Januzaj Rejects Chance To Play For Belgium

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The international future of Manchester United midfield player Adnan Januzaj has still to be resolved after the youngster turned down the opportunity to represent Belgium on Monday, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The exciting Belgium-born wide man was called up by national team boss Marc Wilmots for their upcoming Fifa World Cup qualifying double header against Croatia on Friday and Wales a week on Tuesday, with Belgium now needing just one more point in order to guarantee their place at next summer’s global show-piece event in Brazil.

However, Januzaj has since rejected Wilmot’s advances as the 18-year-old is said to instead want to concentrate on establishing himself in the Premier League champions’ first team, before deciding on where his international future will lie.

Januzaj is eligible to represent a number of different countries, including the land of his birth, as well as Albania and Serbia due to where his parents were born, Kosovo, were the tiny Balkan state to be finally granted membership into Uefa that is, and even England.

But it is thought that if given the choice, Januzaj would rather represent Kosovo, while it is also said to be extremely unlikely that he would ever turn out for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions though.

“This was the first time I have tried to include him in a squad, because I wanted to send him a clear message,” said Wilmots.

“Unfortunately, I had a very quick response from England, when Manchester United called me to say the player felt he was not ready to make a choice about his international future.

“I respect his stance. Every player has the right to make his own choice, and I will not attempt to make any sort of ultimatum to him. But I do intend meeting Adnan and his entourage to find out for myself exactly what their thoughts are. You cannot force a player to choose a country. It has to come from his heart.

“Clearly, when you have a player of his technique and ability, the door to the national team always stays open.”

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