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Adnan Januzaj hasn't earned England call-up, says Ince

Januzaj playing for Manchester United. (©GettyImages)
Januzaj playing for Manchester United. (©GettyImages).

Tom Ince has given his two pennies worth on the Adnan Januzaj for England debate and insists the player may not even get in to the team should he opt to play for the Three Lions.

Januzaj burst on to the scene at Old Trafford this season after scoring twice at the Stadium of Light to gift Manchester United a 2-1 win and David Moyes some much needed relief.

The Belgian/Albanian/Kosovan/Croatian is eligible to play for a number of international teams due to ties with each of the above countries and England have too admitted their interest in adopting Manchester United's flying winger.

Roy Hodgson confirmed he was monitoring Januzaj's situation and after rejecting a call up to the Belgium national squad, hopes were raised that he may adopt England as his home.

But Ince says that even if Januzaj did decide to play for England, there are no guarantees that the 18-year-old would get in to the team.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Blackpool winger said: “It’s a difficult one. Like Jack Wilshere said: is he English? But anyway, look at Raheem Sterling, Ravel Morrison, Wilfried Zaha, myself, Saido Berahino. You’ve got Nathan Redmond too.

"All the attacking players we have available, how is he going to get a game? Don’t get me wrong, Januzaj is a fantastic talent. But there’s a lot in the Under-21s could run him close," he said.

Not only does Ince doubt Januzaj could penetrate the England line up he also believes that the FA bringing a foreign-born player in, rejecting homegrown players in the process would send out the wrong message.

He finished: "To bypass those players by bringing someone in: what would that say?"

Januzaj has so far started three Premier League games this season, more than England under-21 international and Manchester United team mate Wilfried Zaha, who is yet to feature in the Premier League  under Moyes.

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