Januzaj’s superb performance for United on his full debut against Sunderland at the weekend, and a string of glowing reports about this well-balanced gifts in training and on pre-season tour, have excited an FA determined to be more aggressive in stocking England’s shallow player pools. The Belgium-born 18-year-old Kosovo Albanian scored twice on his full debut as United came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1.
Januzaj has been at Old Trafford since 2011, and Hodgson told Match of the Day he could one day play for England.
“There’s no doubt that he’s a real talent and we have our eyes on him but a lot will have to be discussed,” said Hodgson.
But there is a strong resistance to the possibility of Adnan Januzaj representing England and it has come quickly and unequivocally from the England’s footballer Jack Wilshere.
Januzaj, the Belgium-born son of Albanian-Kosovan parents, could play for England in 2018 under Fifa residency rules and the Football Association has taken tentative soundings about the Manchester United winger’s availability.
“If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English,’’ Jack Wilshere said.
“The only people who should play for England are English people,’’ he said after training at St George’s Park in preparation for Friday’s World Cup qualifier with Montenegro.
“If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. You shouldn’t play. It doesn’t mean you can play for a country. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain.’’