Following Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s comments regarding eligibility for the England side, Kevin Davies has supported his former Bolton teammate’s views, Sky
Wilshere’s comments caused much debate earlier in the week when he seemed to highlight concern over the idea of non English born players representing the national team though residency. The story arose following rumours that young Manchester United winger, Adnan Januzaj, could represent the Three Lions in the future.
The 21-year-old said: “If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I am not going to play for Spain.”
But the former Bolton Wanderers captain has defended the young Gunners’ view. He said: “I had the opportunity to play for Scotland, and with Davies you think there’s a bit of Welsh in there so I could have pursued those avenues, but for me there was no doubt. It’s either England or nothing.
“Jack has fuelled the debate on Januzaj and it’s an interesting one. But he’s here to work, not one of his parents or grandparents are English, he’s literally here just to play football for a few years. I don’t think that’s enough to qualify to play for England.
“There’s a guy, (Saido) Berahino, who’s in the Under-21 squad at West Brom. He had to move here 10 years ago with his family – they moved from their country, were having troubles over there – he’s an adopted Englishman now and is proud to play for us.
“That’s a different situation. We’re proud to have him playing for us and we can see he’s proud to play for England. It’s an interesting debate but I understand where Jack is coming from.”
Davies won one cap for England and currently represents Preston North End in League 1.
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