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Manchester United starlet Januzaj shuns Kosovo

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There has been a lot of speculation over the past few months as to where Adnan Januzaj will pledge his international future, and his father has confirmed today that it will not be Kosovo, for the time being.

FIFA have allowed Kosovo to play games against full international teams who recognise them as a state.

Kosovo's first international fixture will be against Haiti on March 5, with the new team hoping he would be their talisman for that match and beyond. Januzaj's father on the other hand, puts those plans on hold for now.

"I was born there and I would like my son to play for the national team of my country, but the matter is delicate, because the Kosovo FA is not yet a member of FIFA," Abedin Januzaj told Kosovan TV station Kohavision.

"Maybe one day Adnan will play for Kosovo, but for now, this will not happen. And we have a lot of time to think about everything."

The Manchester United winger is eligible for a number of national teams including England. However he will not be able to play for them until before the 2018 world cup, as FIFA rules state if you are a resident in a country for five years after your 18th birthday, you are free to play for that national side, as long as you do not play for any other national side until then.

So would Januzaj be willing to sacrifice four years of international football to spend it as an England international?

There may be some tension in the ranks of Januzaj does put on the the white shirt, as Jack Wilshere controversially stated in October that England players, should only be born in England.

"The only people who should play for England are English people. If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain."

"We have to remember what we are, we are English and we tackle hard and we are tough on the pitch and we are hard to beat. We have great characters. You think of Spain and they are technical, but you think of England and you think they are brave and they tackle hard."

Januzaj is also available to play for Belgium, Albania, Turkey and Serbia with all of these nations fighting it out to secure Manchester United's rising stars international future. 


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