Adnan Januzaj burst onto the scene, notching two match winning goals on his full debut for Manchester United against Sunderland last weekend.

His stock has risen dramatically, earning a £30,000 a week contract. United are unlikely to sell the 18-year-old soon, so us football fans will just have to enjoy the scrap between international associations.

Januzaj is eligible to play for Belgium through birth; Albania, Serbia and Kosovo through his parents and potentially England. Picking a country is binding for life. There are no transfers or loans so the youngster will have to pick wisely. So who should Januzaj commit to?


The knowledge that Adan Januzaj qualifies for England has divided fans. The former chairman of the FA is keen for the starlet to play for England. Bernstein, who was succeeded by Greg Dyke in July, said: "We live in a changing world where there's much more fluidity of populations and I would say that we must play within the rules. But if within the rules there are players who are eligible to play for England I would be inclined to pick the best players we can get.

"I think other countries do that, we want to be on a level playing field in doing that. I would prefer to see a team made up of players who were born and bred in England but I think we have to play within the rules and get the very best team, I think that that's what the public want and that's what the fans want."

However Arsenal and England midfielder, Jack Wilshere was quick to state his differing opinion on the matter:

“The only people who should play for England are English people,’’ he said after training at St George’s Park in preparation for Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Montenegro.
“If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. You shouldn’t play. It doesn’t mean you can play for a country. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain.’’

He would not be the first player born abroad to play for England. Saido Berahino, Wilfred Zaha and Nathaniel Chalobah were born in Burundi, Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone respectively and have represented the Three Lions.

Despite this, England are hardly short of wingers. Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha also vying for the position. These players all have years of international football ahead of them so breaking into the team could prove tricky. Having said that he did break into the Manchester United first-team.


SkyBet have Januzaj odds on to pick Albania. However if the winger is making his choice based on success prospects, Albania may not be his best bet. The Kuq e Zinjte have never qualified for a major tournament.

First team football shouldn't prove too challenging . Only five players in their latest squad were sourced from a team in the major leagues. So Albania's chances hinge on his loyalty to his parent's nationality.


Serbia are the others who could benefit from Januzaj's parents. The Serbs are more successful having qualified for 16 major tournaments since 1930 (including Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro), most recently they reached the group stage of the 2010 World Cup. Serbia's main winger, Milan Jovanovic is ageing and therefore chances could come frequently for Januzaj.


Kosovo would be an unlikely choice, however this small nation could be Adan Januzaj's international team. There's no doubt that he would get into the team but Kosovo only compete in friendly fixtures and have never even applied for the World Cup, so if Januzaj wants to become a top international, he may want to steer clear of Kuqezinjët.


The Belgians are another very serious contender, having grown up in the country and learnt his trade with Anderlecht. Belgium have developed a really strong squad over recent years which could be good and bad news for Januzaj.

On one hand success could be just around the corner for the Belgian national side but on the other, competition for places in the squad is really fierce with Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Kevin Mirallas all fighting to be part of the Red Devil's 'Golden Era'.

So there we have it. Plenty of food for thought for the youngster who will have to decide between loyalty and success.

Which country would you like to see Januzaj playing for?

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