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Man United star would boost England's World Cup hopes - Carlisle

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Former PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle has waded into the debate surrounding Adnan Januzaj's international future.

The Manchester United starlet, who scored an impressive brace for David Moyes' side on Saturday, could be eligible to represent England in the future despite the 18-year-old being born in Belgium.

Januzaj could also play for Albania, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey, but Carlisle believes the Football Association should do everything in their power to convince the attacking midfielder to commit his future to the Three Lions.

Speaking to BT Sport, Carlisle said: "The thing about this for me is that we as a nation are miles behind other nations [in terms of taking foreign talent in].

"And you have to separate the idealistic from the realistic – and if we are going to keep ourselves years behind other nations just to stay true to some kind of utopia of what football should be instead of actually keeping up with the Joneses and being level with them.

"You know France won a World Cup with [Patrick] Vieira and [Marcel] Desailly back in the day."

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been heavily criticised for saying 'only people should play for England are English people'.

However Carlisle - despite backing the FA's pursuit of Januzaj - believes Wilshere should not be condemned for his recent comments.

England face two crucial World Cup qualifiers in the next couple of days with Roy Hodgson's side facing Montenegro on Friday - before hosting Poland next Tuesday.

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