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Scotland coach isn't fan of Adnan Januzaj for England

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Januzaj could represent England  (©GettyImages)
Januzaj could represent England (©GettyImages).

Scotland under-21 coach Billy Stark doesn't believe Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj should play for England.

Quoted in the Metro, Billy Stark said, "the agreement that the Home Nations have is that we don’t use the residency rule and, instead, we have introduced the five-year schooling requirement."

The residency rule refers to the necessity for a player to have lived continuously in a country for five years before they can be eligible to represent that nation.

Januzaj would qualify to play for England under the residency rule, but he would have to wait until he is 23.

However, an agreement was struck between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that prevents a player representing an adopted country when it is based purely on residency.

The home nations instead base it on the ancestral links in order to determine whether or not a player can represent one of the nations.

Januzaj has been touted as a future England player after manager Roy Hodgson said that "There's no doubt that he's a real talent and we have our eyes on him but a lot will have to be discussed."

However, Stark was clear in his opposition to the prospect of players such as Januzaj representing adopted countries.

"For me, international football could be in danger of becoming a laughing stock. You live in a country for two years so end up playing for that country.

"This might just be me coming from an older generation, but to me that’s just not right.

‘We probably make it difficult for ourselves because a lot of nations like Germany use the residency rules," continued Stark.

"Just look at the names on their squad list, they have got a lot of players with Turkish heritage.

"Maybe we are being a bit dogmatic sticking to our agreement but until that changes we should continue with that."

Januzaj is also eligible to represent Belgium (the country of his birth), Albania and Turkey. He has indicated that for now, he wants to focus on playing for his club.

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