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Adnan Januzaj chooses to represent Belgium

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Adnan Januzaj has been one of Manchester United's bright spots this season. (©GettyImages)
Adnan Januzaj has been one of Manchester United's bright spots this season. (©GettyImages).

Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has confirmed that Adnan Januzaj has made a decision over his international future.

The 19-year-old Manchester United winger had the choice to play for either Belgium, England, Turkey, Serbia, Albania or Kosovo, but has finally made a decision ahead of this summer's World Cup.

The Belgium manager took to Twitter earlier to announce: “I received official confirmation that Adnan januzaj provides the Belgium national side for the rest of his career!”.

Januzaj's agent - Dirk de Vriese - has since told The Daily Mail that his client has made “the logical decision”.

When asked whether England had been considered, he stated “England? Yes. It was a big consideration but Belgium was the easiest way also.

“Adnan was born here in Belgium and he studied here, was educated in football here and developed through the system with players like Fellaini and Lukaku”.

The English FA were criticised amid speculation that Januzaj could be poached by England and questions arose over whether it is 'right' to recruit players born outside of England for the national team.

Rod Hodgson publicly releaved that he was keeping an eye on the player, describing him as a “real talent”.

However, FIFA rules would have prevented the winger from playing for England in an international competition until the 2018 World Cup, which could be one of the factors that swayed his decision.

The youngster has been one of few positives in a poor season for the Red Devils, who are currently lying in seventh place in the Premier League despite winning the competition last year.

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