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Wilshere: England Not For Januzaj

One wonders whether or not Jack Wilshere cheers whenever the cricketer considered “England’s greatest modern batsman” by the Guardian hits another brutal six. After all, Kevin Pietersen was born in South Africa.

Or did he give different kind of cheer (if he was even born) when Jonah Lomu flattened another Mzansi-born England star, Michael Catt, at the ’95 Rugby World Cup?

Probably the latter, if Wilshere’s outspoken criticism of the FA’s courtship with Adnan Januzaj is anything to go by.

Sudden Manchester United star Januzaj recently turned down an approach to play for the country of his birth, Belgium.

England coach Roy Hodgson then admitted that the FA is entertaining the notion of helping Januzaj become a naturalised Englishman so that he can play for England in the future.

He is just 18-years-old now, and could play for the Three Lions when he is 23, according to the Fifa rule which allows players to change nationality if they have "lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 in the territory of the relevant association."

But Wilshere is not convinced.

He thinks that only ‘natural’ Poms should be allowed to represent the national team.

"No, for me, if you are English, you are English, and you play for England," said Wilshere, when asked if he thinks Januzaj should be courted by England.

"The only people who should play for England are English people.

"If you've lived in England for five years, for me, it doesn't make you English.

“You shouldn't play. It doesn't mean you can play for that country. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years, I'm not going to play for Spain.

“For me an English player should play for England really."

Perhaps Wilshere should consider that one of the greatest England players of all-time, John Barnes, was born in Jamaica. And had he not opted to play for his adopted nation, the best goal ever scored by the Three Lions would never have happened.

Meanwhile, Wilshere continues to apologise for abusing the trust shown in him by his Arsenal paymasters by smoking.

"I know when I've done wrong," he said.

"I spoke to the boss and he supported me through it. He gave me a little telling off, dealt with it and it's over. I said before, I'm not a smoker on 10-a-day or whatever, and I do genuinely believe it is wrong. I'm not just a footballer, I'm a top athlete and we have to be at the top of our game.

“You can't be slacking behind your team-mates when you are competing in training. So, yes, it was wrong.

"When I am getting angry in training all the boys just say: ‚"Calm down, have a fag.' I'm going to have to live with that."

Read: Barnes On Legendary Maracana Moment

Read: Wilshere Apologises For Smoking

Read: Nations Vie For Januzaj’s Affections

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