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Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj chooses Belgium

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Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj has committed his international allegiance to Belgium, head coach Marco Wilmots has confirmed.

The Belgium manager took to Twitter to reveal the news that many expected of the Belgian-born footballer although England fans hoped would not come.

Januzaj's abnormal situation meant he qualified to play for a number of different countries including Kosovo, Croatia, Albania, Serbia and Belgium.

There was also speculation that he would wait four years to be eligible to play for England, but those reports always seemed more through hope than expectation.

Now Januzaj, who has become a key player at Manchester United this season, will join other world-class stars Eden Hazard, Marouane Fellaini and Vincent Kompany and could also be a part of the World Cup squad that is expected to challenge for the trophy in Brazil this summer.

Wilmots said on Twitter: "Received official confirmation that Adnan Januzaj has made himself available to play in Belgian colours for the rest of his career."

Januzaj was always expected to choose Belgium, the country he was born and raised in, but raised doubts after rejecting a call up to the national side late last year.

The 19-year-old was just emerging at Old Trafford and wanted to focus on establishing himself under now-sacked manager David Moyes.

He was awarded with a lucrative five-year deal and has, so far, proved good value for that deal.

Januzaj has started 13 Premier League games this season, scoring four goals and assisting three in the process.

He faces a battle to convince the new manager, tipped to be Louis van Gaal, of his ability, however.

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