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Arsenal boss backs Wilshere over Januzaj comment

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Arsene Wenger has come to the aid of Jack Wilshere to provide backing for his comments over whether England should try to adopt Adnan Januzaj.

Wilshere was criticised yesterday following comments on whether he would like Manchester United starlet Januzaj to play for England despite his Belgian upbringing.

Januzaj was born and raised in Belgium and also has ties to Albania, Kosovo and Turkey. If he was to play at Old Trafford until 2016 - 2018 by other interpretations - he could play for England.

But the Arsenal starlet made a point of saying that he disagrees with the notion of foreign players adopting countries.

Wilshere said to reporters: "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.

The comments inspired a Twitter row with England cricketer Kevin Pietersen who himself decided to play for England despite his South African background.

However, Wenger has agreed with Wilshere's comments, saying that countries should only be allowed to choose players born and raised within their own boarders.

The Gunners boss also said the England team should have an English manager.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I agree with him. I always said also an Englishman should manage the England team.

"If we are not clear on that the national teams will become like clubs, we will buy players to buy passports.

"I personally believe what we have really to define is what is an English player and we get that more and more.

"I have young players now with three different nationalities and I ask them "how do you feel?"

"You have some, for example, who were born in Africa, they have come to Europe, they have lived for a few years in one country and, after, their parents have moved to another country because they had to find work - and they have three different cultures.

"One of the tasks of the modern politicians will be really to define what is the nationality of a person, because some people feel differently to their passport.

"Have they the freedom of choice or do they have to be educated in a country to feel they love this country?

"Have you to spend a certain number of years in the country to say you represent this country? I feel, as well, in Januzaj's example do you just come six months and play for a country? It's not realistic."

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