Arsenal boss Wenger supports Wilshere in England row
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has supported Jack Wilshere’s comments regarding Adnan Januzaj’s prospects of playing for England, writes ESPN.
The Arsenal and England midfielder said only “English people” should play for England, and his comments sparked debate after David Moyes’ claim that the FA is looking into recruiting Belgium-born Januzaj in the future through FIFA’s five-year residency rule.
“The only people who should play for England are English people. If you live in England for five years, it doesn't make you English,” Wilshere said. “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.”
Wenger was quick to back the 21-year-old on the matter, saying: “I agree with him. I always said also an Englishman should manage the England team.” Wilshere later took to Twitter on Wednesday to clarify his position, writing: “I wish he [Januzaj] was English!”
Wilshere is in the England squad for the next two World Cup qualifiers at Wembley as the Three Lions face Montenegro on Friday and Poland the following Tuesday.
Fellow Arsenal teammate Kieran Gibbs is also in the squad, having been called-up as replacement for the injured Ashley Cole, who dropped out on Monday.
Gibbs has just two international caps with England’s senior team, including a 2010 contest against Hungary when he entered as a half-time replacement for Cole.
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