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Manchester United Starlet Adnan Januzaj Should Not Play For England, Claims Arsenal Midfielder Jack Wilshere

Belgium-born winger has still to decide which country he will represent on the international stage. 

England midfield player Jack Wilshere says that he does not think that new Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj should ever be allowed to turn out for the Three Lions, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils wide man was born in Belgium, but Januzaj is also able to represent a number of other countries at international level, including the likes of Serbia, Albania, Kosovo and England.

However, the Arsenal playmaker has now spoken out on this matter after it emerged recently that The English Football Association would be keen to have Januzaj play for the Three Lions if and when the 18-year-old had become a British citizen having lived in this country for five years.

Januzaj moved to Old Trafford from Belgium giants Anderlecht as a 16-year-old in March 2011 and so must still wait another three years until he can qualify to play for England, by which time it is more than likely the exciting winger will have already committed his footballing allegiance to another country.

But either way, Wilshere says that only those players who are actually born in England should be entitled to represent the Three Lions.

“The only people who should play for England are English people. If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain,” said the Gunners playmaker.

“We have to remember what we are, we are English and we tackle hard and we are tough on the pitch and we are hard to beat. We have great characters. You think of Spain and they are technical, but you think of England and you think they are brave and they tackle hard.

“If you look at our squad there isn’t a bad technical player. Gerrard and Lampard can both play. Cleverley, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney — we can play possession football. We have started to show that over the last few years and it suits my game.”