Wembley

Next Game

England v Lithuania

Friday, 27 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Celtic Park

Last Game

Scotland 1 - 3 England

Tuesday, 18 November 2014, 20:00

International Match

Roy ready to wait for Januzaj

England coach Roy Hodgson has again refused to rule out the prospect of one day picking Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj.

Last Updated: 14/02/14 at 10:37 Post Comment

Adnan Januzaj: Manchester United youngster could play for England in 2018

Adnan Januzaj: Manchester United youngster could play for England in 2018

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Belgium-born teenager is being tracked by a host of nations that he could play for, including the country of his birth. He also qualifies for Albania, Turkey and Serbia.

Kosovo, who are soon hoping to gain full admittance into UEFA, are another nation who also hope to lay claim to Januzaj, who is yet to make any decision on his future.

England are currently not an option, but should Januzaj opt to play for the Three Lions, then he would qualify under FIFA rules before the 2018 World Cup. FIFA rules say a player needs to have spent five years in a country after he is 18 to then qualify for that nation.

When again asked about the United youngster, Hodgson insisted it was a matter for his employers the Football Association to deal with.

Simple

"It's quite simple, my answer, at the moment and until such time as the FA board have made it clear in their mind what their policy is going to be, whether it's going to be quite simply following what FIFA dictates, or something slightly different in some way, all I've got to do is wait and see," Hodgson explained.

"The one thing you've got to understand with Januzaj, whichever way England decide to go, with the way the rules are at the moment there's no way he can play for England for the next few years."

Another issue for England is the current agreement between all the Home Nations [England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland] not to select a player through basic FIFA residency rules, instead they agree a player must have five years' education before he is 18 - which does differ from the world-wide rule.

That stance has previously stopped the likes of Wales picking Swansea's Angel Rangel and former Rangers star Nacho Novo representing Scotland.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

G

ive him 10 crosses and he'll head 8 of them over the bar.

tk421
Where Does Giroud Rank In Premier League?

Footer 365

Chelsea defender John Terry signs new one-year contract

Chelsea defender John Terry has signed a new one-year contract to stay at the club until summer 2016.

Roy Hodgson confirms Harry Kane will make England debut

Harry Kane's "incredible season" will reach a new high with an England debut in the next week, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Roy Hodgson urges English goalkeepers to grab chance to shine

England boss Roy Hodgson has urged goalkeepers across the land to grab their chance to shine to fill his injury gaps.

Mail Box

Cry Me A River, Diego Costa...

There's little sympathy for Diego Costa, while one mailboxer has had enough of football by numbers. There's also an invitation to visit Colombia and an ode to Woan...

England Handicapped By Natural Pessimism

The England team will never achieve anything unless we all lighten up. Also, last season was simply Joe Hart's 'Frog Chorus', and 80 per cent was a conservative estimate of turds in the Liverpool punchbowl...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company