Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes only English-born talent should be selected for the national team, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required) among others.
The FA has enquired about the availability of Manchester United starlet Januzaj, who was born in Belgium to Albanian and Kosovan parents.
However, Wilshere says that only players born in the country should be considered for international duty for England.
For me, if you are English you are English and you play for England.
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. You should not play.
If I went to Spain for five years, I’m not going to play for Spain.
We have to remember what we are. You think of Spain and you think technical ability but think of England and you think bravery and hard tackling. We have great characters and must remember that.
Meanwhile, England defender Phil Jagielka has revealed that the squad have been making light-hearted fun of goalkeeper Joe Hart after his high-profile errors in the Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last week, as John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports.
You just throw it in, especially losing 10-9 at table tennis and I’m waiting for the next point, you just say, ‘Bayern Munich’ or something. Stuff like that.
Joe’s a great guy and a fantastic goalkeeper. And if he can take it like he has done, all the power to him.
Joe’s someone who loves the banter more than anyone. It’s the same with me. If I’d made a mistake, the first person I’d be looking for is Joe to be straight on it.
Hart's Manchester City teammate Stevan Jovetic is hoping to make life more uncomfortable for the goalkeeper and England when he lines up for Montenegro at Wembley on Friday, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun.
There is no fear. We’ve drawn with them three times and shown we can compete with them. They have more pressure than us because they are expected to win.
We’ve seen neighbouring countries like Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia reach the finals now we want to get there.