Many had thought that Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj broke his international duck against Luxembourg, but it was later ruled invalid as Belgium coach Marc Wilmots broke international rules by bringing on too many substitutes.
It was a rather embarrassing situation for Belgium, especially after the European side went to great lengths in persuading the youngster to choose them over a number of other possible nations.
After scoring a wonderful Premier League double for the Red Devils at Sunderland at the start of last season, the curiosity over Januzaj stemmed from the fact that he hadn’t been tied down to a national team.
Belgium, along with Serbia, Albania, Kosovo and even potentially England, had plans to win over his heart, but after much thought, the 19-year-old opted for Belgium towards the end of last season.
Conveniently, he was quickly called up to Wilmot’s preliminary squad for this summer’s World Cup and he is fully expected to feature.
After the embarrassment against Luxembourg, the teenager finally made his official international debut as he came off the bench to play the last 17 minutes against Tunisia.
With the score locked at 0-0, Januzaj displayed trickery and confidence as Belgium finally found the breakthrough, with Dries Martins scoring the only goal of the game with just over a minute remaining.