Adnan Januzaj’s Belgium debut ruled invalid by FIFA – report

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Manchester United play-maker Adnan Januzaj's Belgium debut has reportedly been ruled invalid.

Manchester United player Adnan Januzaj’s debut for the Belgium national team will not be recognised as an official match according to reports.

Belgian website Nieuwsblad.be reports that national team boss Marc Wilmots made one too many substitutes in last week’s 5-1 win over Luxembourg.

Wilmots made seven changes during the friendly match, while FIFA only allow six, thus rendering the match a practice game rather than an official friendly.

If the report is true and the decision stands, it means United starlet Januzaj will have to wait a little longer to make his official debut for the country he opted to represent earlier this season.

Much had been written about the options available to Januzaj, with the likes of Kosovo, Albania and England also vying for his services.

But after an outstanding breakthrough season at Old Trafford, the United player opted to represent the country of his birth.

He has since been included in Belgium’s 23-man World Cup squad, but the elation he may have felt at turning out for his country for the first time may now be tempered somewhat with the news that it has been scrapped from the history books by FIFA.

Another player with reason to be disappointed is Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, who netted a hat-trick in the game. But it appears those goals will now be wiped from his senior international record.

Belgium’s next World Cup warm-up game is on Saturday against Tunisia. So Januzaj will get a swift chance to finally earn his official debut, while Wilmots is likely to be keeping a very close eye on how many substitutes he makes.

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