Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj Reportedly Confirms He Wants to Play for England

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj during his team's English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

Adnan Januzaj looks set to commit his international future to England, according to reports.

The 18-year-old Manchester United star, who shot to prominence with a number of confident performances this season, looks set to represent the Three Lions after settling in the country.

As reported by The Sun and via Chris Richards of the Mirror, a close friend believes the Belgian-born player has made up his mind:

Adnan feels at home in England now. He loves the football over here, the stadiums and the passion of the fans. He has already knocked back an approach from Belgium and does not regret it.

He's happy to wait until he can play for England. The only obstacle is his father, he is a major influence in his life and career and Adnan knows the decision will ultimately be taken by his old man.

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Alongside England, Januzaj is eligible to play for Belgium, Turkey, Serbia and Albania. He could also represent Kosovo if FIFA grants the nation official recognition.

Progress has been made six years after the country gained independence from Serbia, as FIFA recently allowed Kosovo the opportunity to play friendly matches, per Yahoo! Eurosport.

Januzaj's allegiance stirred the emotions of many after he scored two goals during United's comeback win against Sunderland on Oct. 5.

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Most famously, Jack Wilshere commented that "only English people" should be allowed to line up in the national team, sparking a huge debate in the process, per Dominic Fifield of The Guardian.

If Januzaj does pick England, FIFA rules dictate he will have to wait "another two-and-a-half years" before making his debut, per Richards' report. Players must spend five years in a country before they can switch allegiance, presuming they haven't made a competitive international appearance for any other team.

United have endured a poor season, but Januzaj has remained one of David Moyes' brightest sparks. The skillful player, who flaunts a deceiving turn of pace, has scored three goals in 10 Premier League starts and seven substitute appearances, per WhoScored.com.

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As reported by John Drayton of the Daily Mail, the Red Devils turned down a "significant bid" from Paris Saint-Germain before the player inked a new contract in October.

Although Januzaj is yet to confirm he wishes to play for England, the player's ability to settle into United's first team suggests he would be an instant hit for Roy Hodgson's side.

 

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