Talented Januzaj chooses Belgium

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iol spt apr6 Januzaj-United Reuters Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj has ended months of speculation by choosing to represent Belgium at international level. Photo by: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Brussels - Manchester United's teenage winger Adnan Januzaj has ended months of speculation by choosing to represent Belgium at international level, national coach Marc Wilmots revealed on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old - who has been at United since he was 16 and has made several eye-catching performances this season - could have played for Albania, Turkey, Kosovo, Serbia or even England.

However, his decision means he is available for selection for Belgium for this year's World Cup finals.

“I have received the official confirmation that Adnan Januzaj is available for selection for Belgium for the rest of his career!” tweeted Wilmots, who has guided the Belgians to their first World Cup finals since 2002.

“It is good news and I am overjoyed that a talented player is available for selection for the Red Devils.”

Januzaj is of Kosovar descent but was born in Belgium and came through the Anderlecht academy before leaving for England.

He became much sought-after by various national sides after making his mark for United, one of the few positives in what has been a woeful season for the outgoing English champions and which saw manager David Moyes sacked on Tuesday.

Sapa-AFP


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