Wilshere doesn’t believe United’s prodigal winger should ever put on the Three Lions shirt…
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has controversially claimed that Manchester United’s young winger Adnan Januzaj should never be called up for Roy Hodgson’s side, reports the Mirror.
Januzaj recently made his first Premier League start under Scottish boss David Moyes for United, and performed outstandingly. The 18-year-old winger bagged two goals, including a wonderful second, alerting the whole of Europe to his prestigious talent.
Interestingly, Januzaj could represent a number of countries at international level due to his mixed heritage. The wonderkid could play for Belgium, Turkey, Albania or Serbia, and could even play for England in 2018 through residency rules.
Arsenal’s midfielder though, reckons his Premier League rival should never be allowed to represent England.
“For me, if you are English, you are English and you play for England. The only people who should play for England are English people,” Wilshere said, in a what could arguably be interpreted as a slightly aggressive nationalistic statement.
England take on Montenegro and Poland in two crucial home World Cup qualifying ties in the next seven days, with two wins guaranteeing them a spot in the draw for Brazil 2014.
“If you live in England for five years, it doesn’t make you English. You shouldn’t play,” Wilshere continued.
“It doesn’t mean you can play for a country. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years, I am not going to play for Spain. We have to remember what we are.
“We are English and we tackle hard and we are tough on the pitch and we are hard to beat. We have great characters.”
Thankfully, Wilshere was not asked for his opinion on the current English cricket team.