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Manchester United warn Belgium over Adnan Januzaj

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Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has been knocked back in his attempts to call up Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj.

The 18-year-old scored a stunning brace on his first start for the Red Devils, helping them to a 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

Januzaj is able to play for a host of national teams including Belgium, his place of birth, Albania through his parents, as well as Serbia and Turkey.

Belgium made the first real move to stake a claim for the talented youngster, however Wilmots, who had hoped to call him up as a replacement for injured Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany for the game against Croatia, has been told by Manchester United that the player has made no decision regarding his future just yet.

"Manchester United told me that Januzaj has not made a decision to play for a national team yet, not for any country," he said.

"We gave a clear signal [that we want him to play for Belgium] and now it's up to him. I will respect his choice."

Januzaj himself has reportedly privately expressed his desire to play for Albania over the Red Devils - although he may be able to play for England through citizenship in the coming years - and Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson confirmed on Saturday that contact had been made.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Hodgson said: "It has to be seriously debated before we start re-nationalising players, but there's no doubt he's a real talent and we have our eyes on him. There's a lot still to be discussed."

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