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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Only English People Should Play For England – Jack Wilshere

Only English people should play football for England, says midfielder Jack
Wilshere.
He was reacting to reports that Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj could
play for England if he passes FIFA's five-year residency requirement, as he is
yet to commit to another country.
Midfielder Januzaj, 18, is eligible for selection by Belgium, Serbia, Albania and
Turkey and England boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed he has been
monitoring Januzaj.
Asked about the issue, Wilshere said: "If you live in England for five years it
doesn't make you English."
"We have to remember what we are. We are English. We tackle hard, are
tough on the pitch and are hard to beat.
"We have great characters. You think of Spain and you think technical but
you think of England and you think they are brave and they tackle hard. We
have to remember that.
"The only people who should play for England are English people. If I went to
Spain and lived there for five years, I'm not going to play for Spain."
Later on Wednesday, the 21-year-old Arsenal player took to Twitter to say
his comments were not in reference to Januzaj.
"I wasn't referring to Januzaj," he said. "The question was should foreign
players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don't think they
should. He is a great player. I wish he was English."
Wilshere, had earlier this week insisted he is not a smoker despite being
pictured with a cigarette outside a nightclub.

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