England midfielder Jack Wilshere has moved to clarify his remarks regarding foreign-born players appearing for England, and has reiterated he was not talking about Adnan Januzaj, Sky
Following Januzaj’s two goals for Manchester United at the weekend – that delivered a victory over Sunderland – it was confirmed that Januzaj could qualify to represent England in the future through residency.
At an England press conference, Arsenal midfielder Wilshere seemed to highlight concern over the prospect of the Belgian born player representing England at national level.
“The only people who should play for England are English people,” Wilshere 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.”
The 21-year-old, who scored his club’s equaliser at West Brom at the weekend to earn them a draw, quickly took to Twitter to explain his comments. He wrote: “Just to clarify a few things….again!
“Seems to be a trend in this country, poor journalism in my eyes! I wasn’t referring to Janujaz (sic)…
“The question was should foreign players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don’t think they should! He is a great player…
“I wish he was English! I’m sure most of you agree with me even if some journalist are trying to make me look bad….again!”
Januzaj, born in Brussels, is expected to choose to represent Belgium, and has not commented on the possibility of playing for England. The Red Devils winger, who is only 18 years of age, has made three appearances for the Premier League champions so far this season, scoring two goals.
Wilshere was speaking ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier at home to Montenegro at Wembley this Friday.
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