Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj will be included in Belgium's 27-man preliminary squad for the World Cup finals, national team manager Marc Wilmots has confirmed today.
Januzaj finally pledged his international allegiance to Belgium last week to end months of speculation surrounding which country will get the chance to select the United starlet, with Albania, Kosovo, England, and Turkey all left frustrated.
Belgium have arguably the most talented crop of young players in Europe as a golden generation but Wilmots has revealed ahead of schedule that he will find room for Januzaj to press his claim for a shock World Cup call in the final weeks of the campaign.
Wilmots told Het Laatste Nieuws: "Adnan has played 27 games for Man United. He has showed his qualities.
"He can play on the wings, he can play as a striker. That's interesting as Christian Benteke will be unavailable due to injury.
"The fact I pick him in my initial 27-men squad for Brazil is normal, given his performances but I first want to see how he behaves on the training pitch.
"I will select a squad of 26-27 players and I shall tell them: "There's only one truth: the pitch. Come on, show me what you got."
The 19-year-old could make his Belgium debut in a friendly against Luxembourg on May 26th, before Wilmots has to whittle down his squad to a lucky 23 picked for this summer's South American showpiece.
Before Januzaj can consider an international call he must first attempt to win a place in United's starting XI for the remaining three games of the Premier League campaign, after being left out completely by caretaker Ryan Giggs of the squad for Saturday's 4-0 win over Norwich City.