Hodgson tells Lineker that Manchester United starlet Januzaj could play for England

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After scoring his double against Sunderland England fans would love to think of the Belgian-Albanian playing for them - but Januzaj, in reality, cannot play for England.

Adnan Januzaj had plenty of people gasping for air and superlatives today, after he almost single-handedly hauled his flagging Manchester United troops back into the game at basement club Sunderland.

His two strikes were both confident and composed - with just enough clinicality and venom in them to leave Kieren Westwood with no chance.

Moyes gambled with the 20-year-old playmaker on the left-hand side after the likes of Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa had failed to impress him in that same position.

But where is this mercurial talent from?

Well of course he is from that absolute hotbed of footballing talent, Belgium - who seemingly have a conveyor belt of superb talents just ready and waiting to take it to the World at next summer’s World Cup.

At this rate Januzaj should be discounted from joining the likes of Maraoune Fellaini, Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany in the senior squad for that game.

But the player has options. As his name suggests he is not of direct Belgian heritage. He is also eligible to play for Albania but he is expected to continue representing the country of his birth.

Although according to a strange Twitter interaction he could even reportedly be a Three Lion by 2015.

Gary Lineker Tweeted this statement, while in the company of Roy Hodgson at BBC Studio’s - where they were preparing for Saturday night’s episode of Match of the Day.

But he surely can’t compete for England on residency grounds. We get he would be potentially eligible for a British passport, but he would have to be schooled in the UK.

That is not specifically true. The school rule is not a FIFA law as such, but more a guideline between the Home Nations to stop the border crossing of talented players.

Not that it would matter, even if he is not ineligible, why play for England?

Don’t get too excited, Januzaj probably can’t play for England - although these things have been considered upon appeal.

But then again, why would he want to play for England when he is arguably from the Worlds most talented bunch of players at this moment in time.

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