Januzaj’s Belgium debut ruled invalid

Adnan Januzaj will have to wait to make his official debut for Belgium after a counting error by Coach Marc Wilmots saw the Manchester United winger’s first appearance for the World Cup hopefuls ruled invalid, ESPN has reported.

Januzaj was introduced as a substitute during Belgium’s 5-1 win over Luxembourg late last month but Wilmots later introduced Nicolas Lombaerts for Jan Vertonghen, his seventh change when only six are permitted by FIFA.

The match – in which Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick – has instead been classified as a practice game and Januzaj will have to wait to make his first appearance for the Red Devils. Belgium next play Tunisia on Saturday, their final pre-World Cup friendly.

Belgium are in Group H for the World Cup, alongside Algeria, Russia and South Korea. Januzaj chose to represent Belgium over the likes of Albania, Turkey and Serbia. The 19-year-old is one of a number of Premier League players in Wilmots’ squad, joined by names such as Kevin Mirallas, Eden Hazard and Vincent Kompany.

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