Jack Wilshere defends Januzaj comments on Twitter

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Jack Wilshere has once more taken to Twitter to defend himself over comments he made regarding Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj.

The Arsenal man said yesterday that he doesn't believe that Januzaj, who would be eligible to play for England in 2018 through FIFA's residency rules, should be allowed to represent the Three Lions because he has no ancestral connection with the country.

"The only people who should play for England are English people,’" he was reported as saying.

His comments have been interpreted by some as narrow-minded, with one newspaper describing him as "misguided".

Wilshere has taken to Twitter to clarify his comments this afternoon, less than a week after he defended himself on the social network site after pictures emerged of him smoking outside a London club.

The Arsenal midfielder wrote: "Just to clarify a few things....again! Seems to be a trend in this country, poor journalism in my eyes! I wasn't referring to Janujaz.

"The question was should foreign players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don't think they should! He is a great player.

"I wish he was English! I'm sure most of you agree with me even if some journalist are trying to make me look bad....again!

The debate surrounding Januzaj has exploded this week after he scored two stunning goals in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Sunderland.

The 18-year-old, who moved to Old Trafford when he was 16, is eligible to play for Belgium, Albania, Turkey and Serbia.

Belgium boss Marc Wilmots revealed this week that Manchester United had blocked his attempts to call up Januzaj for his side's fixture against Croatia, while England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed that the FA are looking at the possibility of him playing for England.

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