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Super-keen Albanian press get over-excited about Januzaj's choice

The Manchester United whizkid is the centre of an international tug-of-war.

It's probable to say you can forget distant talk of Adnan Januzaj playing for England, but his international future is certainly a talking point elsewhere in Europe.

Januzaj is elgible to play for both Belgium and Albania, with it today again reported the 18-year-old is reluctant to commit to Belgium without fully considering his options.

Contacted by international coach Marc Wilmots about a call-up to the squad, the coach revealed he was knocked back with Januzaj unwilling yet to decide, with his Albanian heritage also in the forefront of his mind, with his father said to want him to play for Albania.

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The Albanian national team are no minnows either in terms of recent success. They may presently sit in fifth in World Cup qualifying Group E, but they are just three points off second in an incredibly tight group and still have a chance of qualification with two crucial games remaining.

Albania are 38th in the FIFA World Rankings, above the likes of South Korea, Turkey and Paraguay, not to mention Scotland.

But the press over in Albania are perhaps a little over-zealous to report good news about the possible choice of Januzaj to commit to them.

National newspaper Telegrafi reported on a photo posted on Januzaj's Facebook page earlier today, reading perhaps far too much into his choice of attire.

Januzaj was pictured shopping in Manchester wearing a red and black cap, the national colours of Albania.

This led to the newspaper creating a whole article around his choice of hat, with the headline: 'Januzaj red and black dress!'

They write: "Adnan Januzaj decided to wear red and black, but ...just enough to show his taste for fashion.

"Albanian midfielder has chosen colors so required by Albanian fans, but not on a football field and not for the national team, but during a walk through the streets of Manchester.

During his walk in the city, Januzaj chose black pants and a black sweater, which is combined with the red shoes and a red hat too."

Perhaps it's a giveaway, but we doubt it. They should not forget Belgium are nicknamed the Red Devils too.

But there is one other reason Januzaj's choice of dress likely had no intimation towards Albania - the cap he was wearing was a Miami Heat basketball emblazoned one, who wear red and black uniforms.

It seems the only commitment the player made was to declare his favourite NBA team. 

The Albanians will have to wait another day for good news... 

Who should Januzaj choose?

image: © michaeljohnbutton

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