Januzaj close to World Cup as Belgium boss confirms squad inclusion

The Manchester United youngster will be in the European nation’s squad for pre-World Cup friendlies.

Adnan Januzaj ended months of questioning over his national allegiance recently by confirming that he had chosen to represent the country of his birth, Belgium.

Question marks over whether the mercurial Manchester United youngster would be included in the Belgian World Cup squad have been asked in many quarters – and it would appear that the teenage winger is closing in on a spot on the plane to Brazil.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has today confirmed that Januzaj will be selected in the 30-man squad to train ahead of the big event in Brazil, with the attacker also set to make his national debut in one of the pre-tournament friendlies.

“He will certainly join (the squad) and he will be able to prove himself,” Wilmots told Sport Wereld.

“I would like to see him on a daily basis and I need him in the pre-selection squad.

“His profile is very interesting. With the absence of Christian Benteke his versatility is an asset."

Januzaj will face extreme competition for a place in Brazil, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli and others also in the picture.

The United youngster has played 24 times in the Premier League for the Old Trafford outfit this season, scoring four goals.

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