The 18-year-old was born in Belgium following his Kosovar-Albanian parents’ decision to migrate in 1992 to flea the Kosovo War in their homeland. However, the Manchester United prospect could potentially be eligible to play for England having been residing in Manchester since 2011.
The attacking midfielder could potentially choose to play for Belgium, Albania, Kosovo, England and possibly even Turkey, Croatia and Serbia due to his family background but, as The Sun reports today, he has declared his preference to play for England.
Whether the player will actually be eligible to play for England is still open to debate – the ‘home nations’ in the UK have apparently ‘opted out’ of the residency rule in 2009 that would permit Januzaj to be capped for the Three Lions.
This news, if accurate, will come as good news to England boss Roy Hodgson but even better news for Manchester United who have trained the youngster since age 15 and, by the sounds of it, are likely to keep hold of him for the foreseeable future.
Januzaj signed a new contract with the Premier League champions this season after making his sensational debut against Sunderland in which he scored a brace.
He has since improved his tally, notching up three goals and five assists for the Red Devils in all competitions.
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