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FA Want Adnan Januzaj to Play for England Says Manchester United Manager David Moyes: Nightly Soccer Report

Adnan Januzaj FA Want Adnan Januzaj to Play for England Says Manchester United Manager David Moyes: Nightly Soccer Report

Adnan Januzaj, take a bow. The 18-year-old Belgium born left winger scored two goals Saturday on his Premier League debut, to rescue Manchester United from an embarrassing defeat at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland. But the big news tonight is that the English FA want Januzaj to play for England, according to David Moyes.

Moyes said:

“I think there is some way in which he could qualify for England. I think it’s something to do with residency. It’s something like that [after living in England for five years].

“I think he has a choice of countries to play for. Obviously he has been called up by Belgium several times and chose not to at the moment. He’s wanted by Albania, Croatia and a few others. He can play for several countries and England as well.”

Januzaj is eligible to play for Albania, Belgium, Kosovo, Turkey or Serbia. However, England is not one of those countries. He could be eligible to play for England in 2018 — after completing five years of residency — but he obviously would be snapped up by a different country well before then given his talents.

Januzaj’s contract expires at Manchester United at the end of the season, so speculation will increase that other clubs will be interested unless United finalize a deal soon.

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5 Responses to FA Want Adnan Januzaj to Play for England Says Manchester United Manager David Moyes: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. Todd says:

    I thought the article(s) on the Guardian about John Beck were interesting. Too often the complaints about the English national team relate to their tactics and playing far too direct without any purpose. While simply having John Beck as a teacher doesn’t automatically mean he is teaching route one to new coaches, it certainly does not help the image of the FA and its coaching school.
    Link: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2013/oct/05/john-beck-fa-coaching

  2. Ken says:

    Anyone remember the hype about Macheda? Where is he now? Doncaster

    Anyone remember the hype about Bebe?
    Where is he now? Who cares?

    It’s ridiculous the hype so early.

  3. Nelson says:

    Um, since when do people get to pick from 10 different countries? Play for the country your born in.

  4. Rob says:

    I’m with you Ken, the press are now drooling over another “new George Best”.

  5. Marc says:

    If he doesn’t sign a new contract by the 1st of January sell him. Great another international break this weekend. I live for United.

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