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Wilshere stirs debate on nationality

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

London | Fri, October 11, 2013 | 07:30 am

England midfielder Jack Wilshere has stirred a debate about foreign-born players in football, declaring that only '€œEnglish people'€ should be eligible to represent the national team.

Wilshere'€™s stance was immediately described as '€œtoo extreme'€ by the head of the English Football Association.

The issue of foreign-born players being selected by England resurfaced after the FA said it was looking into whether Manchester United'€™s Belgium-born midfielder Adnan Januzaj could play for England.

The 18-year-old Januzaj, who joined United in 2011, scored twice on
his Premier League debut on Saturday, leading his side to a 2-1 win over Sunderland.

Januzaj could become eligible for England in 2018 on residency grounds if he hasn'€™t played for a senior national team in a competitive fixture by then. He has so far declined to play for Belgium. Because of his parents'€™ heritage, he is also eligible to represent Serbia, Albania and Turkey, as well as Kosovo, which is not yet recognized by FIFA.

Wilshere, one of England'€™s top young stars, does not believe players such as Januzaj should be allowed to pull on an England shirt.

'€œThe only people who should play for England are English people,'€ the Arsenal player said