Moyes: England want Januzaj

Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that England are among the countries keen for Adnan Januzaj to pledge his international future to them.

Last Updated: 06/10/13 at 16:32 Post Comment

Adnan Januzaj: Has yet to decide on his international future

Adnan Januzaj: Has yet to decide on his international future

More of the games that matter

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

The Belgium-born 18-year-old marked his full debut for the club with a decisive double as United came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Januzaj, who is of Kosovan descent, is eligible to play for several different countries already, Belgium, Albania and Turkey among them.

Asked if the FA had been in touch with the club over Januzaj, Moyes replied after the win over Sunderland: "Yes, they have."

Moyes believes he could qualify for England in the near future because of residency rules.

He said with a smile: "And maybe Scotland as well. I think there is some way that he could qualify for England, yes.

"I think he's got a choice of countries to play for. He's got probably three or four different countries he could choose to play for.

"Obviously, he has been called up by Belgium several times and chosen not to at the moment, and he's wanted by, I think, Albania, Croatia and a few others as well.

"He can play for several countries - and England as well. I don't know how that is. I think it's something to do with his residency. That's something to do with it."

Moyes is convinced that Januzaj has the potential to become a great player and insists there is no chance of the youngster getting carried away by his first taste of success.

"I remember giving Wayne his debut, and Ross Barkley, and Adnan is certainly that quality. He is a top, top player," Moyes told Sky Sports.

"My plan was to play him three or four weeks ago but I never quite got the opportunity and for different reasons I didn't pick him, and I thought today was the right time.

"He has been so good, it was hard to stop him.

"He is going to be a special talent. He has got goals, he has got ability on the ball, but we will keep his feet on the ground here."

Januzaj will be out of contract at the end of the season and his breakthrough performance could lead to increased attention from other clubs, but Moyes does not see why he would be interested in leaving.

"I am not too worried about that. I think every young boy wants to play at Manchester United, I have always thought that."

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