Arsenal midfielder in Twitter row with England cricketer

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Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has found himself embroiled in a war of words with cricket ace Kevin Pietersen on Twitter after he expressed his views on who should be able to represent England's football team.

Wilshere was outspoken when he was quizzed about Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj potentially playing for England through residency rather than because of any ancestral links.

"If you live in England for five years it doesn't make you English," he said yesterday.

Parallels have been drawn between Januzaj's case and some of the England cricket team, who qualified to play through residency, although Pietersen has an English mother.

The South African-born batsmen took exception to the Arsenal man's comments and challenged him to back up his claim.

He tweeted to Wilshere: "Interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that include me, Strauss, Trott, Prior, Justin Rose, Froome, Mo Farah?

The Arsenal midfielder responded: "With all due respect Mr Pietersen the question was about Football! Cricket, cycling, Athletics is not my field!"

Pietersen wouldn't let the issue lie and wrote: "Same difference.. It's about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!"

Wilshere then tried to calm the tension by saying: "I agree thats exactly what i was saying…."

The 21-year-old had earlier moved to clarify his comments on Twitter, insisting he thinks Januzaj is a "great" player.

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