Don't pick him boss! Is Mirallas worried Januzaj will steal his World Cup spot?

Everton's Belgian winger was quick to comment on Manchester United's young virtuoso Adnan Januzaj, and his intention to play for Belgium.

Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj may have been hoping that the announcement of his commitment to the Belgium national football team would see him welcomed with open arms into the nation's set up.

And for the vast majority of Belgians that has been the case, after what was a fiercely unpredictable fight for his footballing allegiance.

However, one future teammate of Januzaj's has fired off a warning shot to both the youngster and the national manager Marc Wilmots, who broke news of Januzaj's intentions earlier in the week.

Everton's Kevin Mirallas, who has enjoyed a sparking season himself before suffering an injury that will keep out of the Toffees' final few games, gave his opinion that Januzaj shouldn't feature until after the World Cup in Brazil.

"There was a lot of pressure on him to make his mind up, and it is good for Belgium that he has chosen us, because he is a good player," said the former Olympiakos winger.

"But I don’t think he should go to Brazil. It would not be fair to leave out another good player for someone who does not know the others and has not played a lot for his club in recent months.

"Adnan does not know the group, and the fact is, he has not had much game time at Manchester United lately. It’s not as if we are short of good players in that area of the team. In fact, there are a lot of good players in his position in the Belgium squad, so it is going to be difficult for him.

"He has yet to prove at United that he can be their number one asset in his particular position. I think for him, the European Championships in 2016 would be a more realistic target."

Mirallas himself is one of those who would be competing with Januzaj in the attacking midfield positions, and his comments may come as part of a warning that he is not prepared to give up his starting place, or his World Cup dream without a fight.

However they may be interpreted, it should ensure for a frosty first call-up for United's 19-year-old prodigy.

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