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Mirallas told to keep Januzaj opinion to himself

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Everton winger Kevin Mirallas has been told by his Belgium manager Marc Wilmots to stop talking nonsense after the player made comments regarding selection ahead of the World Cup this summer, the Daily Mail has reported.

Wilmots told the wide man to keep his opinions to himself after he questioned the possible inclusion of Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who has declared he will play for Belgium internationally.

Wilmots had welcomed the decision of Januzaj but Mirallas less so.

The Everton man said: “I don’t think he should go to Brazil. It would not be fair to leave out another good player for someone who does not know the others and has not played a lot for his club in recent months.

“It’s not as if we are short of good players in that area of the team. In fact, there are a lot of good players in his position in the Belgium squad, so it is going to be difficult for him.

“He has yet to prove at United that he can be their No 1 asset in his particular position.”

However, after confirming Januzaj’s place in his preliminary 30 man squad, the Belbium team coach hit out at Mirallas, who has won 46 caps for his country to date.

Wilmots said: “The rules are: you have to talk about yourself, but not the others. On the selection I decide, Kevin may have his opinion, but he should not talk about others, or how new players like Januzaj can affect the group atmosphere?

“Stop talking nonsense. We have never had a problem when there is a new player. For Januzaj that will not be a problem. He has an exemplary attitude.”

Januzaj was born in Belgium to a Kosovan-Albanian family, making him eleigable for all three nations, while he may have also being eligible to play for England in the future, before he chose Belgium.

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