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Adnan Januzaj is not the answer for England - Mills

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Football Association commission member Danny Mills has today revealed that he doesn't think Manchester United's starlet Adnan Januzaj should be able to play for England in the future - after reports emerged that Three Lions' boss Roy Hodgson has had his eye on the Belgium born 18-year-old.

The eligibility debate has raged on throughout this week, with Arsenal's Jack Wilshire commenting that "only English people should play for England" - sparking debate over Januzaj.

Currently only a third of players of Premier League playmakers are English. 

Former England defender Mills won 19 caps for England and played under Sven-Goran Eriksson during the 2002 World Cup finals, and has been asked to join FA chairman Greg Dyke's panel.

Reports this week suggest that Dyke would entertain the idea of allowing foreign-born players to represent England, if rules allow.

However, Mills doesn't agree, and speaking to talkSPORT today, he said: "I don't agree with [Dyke on] that. I don't think he [Januzaj] should be able to play for England.

"I think it is a quick fix to a long-term problem. If you start to do that, you actually detract from encouraging young English clubs to go and find English players.

"What academies will do is bring in foreign players at the age of 13, 14 that have got potential and then by the time they are 18 they can play for England."

"If you carry on going through where we are, in another 10 or 15 years England will struggle to qualify [for major tournaments] because there won't be enough players."

Mills, 36, has also said he won't be afraid to ask questions and make his points known on the panel, and he has backed former England manager Glen Hoddle who suggested a quota system for the Premier League to allow more English talent to shine.

The idea has also received backing from PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.


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