Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj recently put an end to speculation over his future in the international spectrum. Eligible to play for Albania, Turkey, Serbia, Kosovo and England he eventually chose Belgium, the country of his birth, as the nation he would represent.
But Januzaj was not the only one of United’s top talents who had a decision to make regarding his international future. One of his best mates at United is Andreas Pereira - and he too is eligible for more than one country.
Born in Duffel, Belgium the youngster has previously played for Belgium’s Under-17 side - even scoring against Spain last year. But he is of Brazilian heritage and has recently spoke about the battle for his eligibility:
“I want to focus on Manchester United in the first place. I haven't made my mind up. If I ever have the chance to play for Brazil, I won't hesitate. But I've always played in the Belgian national youth ranks. And I did feel at home there, in contrary to what's claimed in Brazil. The door's not closed yet."
And he has not hesitated - as the Manchester United youngster confirmed via his Twitter account this weekend that he has accepted a call up to play for Brazil.
Pereira looked likely to join the likes of Chelsea’s Lucas Piazon at the Toulon Festival this summer but he is not in their official squad. Instead he is off with former Newcastle United player Cacapa as his coach forming part of a Brazil team that will contest the Panda Cup in China at the start of June.
It is his first assignment for Brazil and his Tweet of joy has disappointed many a Belgian fan who hoped he was part of their golden generation currently coming through the system.
Here is Pereira scoring a wondergoal for the Manchester United Under-21s against Liverpool earlier this month…