Football: No foreign talent for England team, says midfielder Wilshere

England's Jack Wilshere speaks during a news conference at the St George's Park training complex on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. It would be wrong for Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj to play for the England team as only English people should be
England's Jack Wilshere speaks during a news conference at the St George's Park training complex on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013. It would be wrong for Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj to play for the England team as only English people should be selected, Wilshere has said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - It would be wrong for Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj to play for the England team as only English people should be selected, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has said.

Januzaj was born in Belgium to Kosovan-Albanian parents and has Turkish grandparents but could qualify for England under FIFA rules if he is resident in the country continuously for five years.

"If you've lived in England for five years, for me, it doesn't make you English. You shouldn't play," Wilshere was quoted as saying by British media on Wednesday.

"If I went to Spain and lived there for five years, I'm not going to play for Spain. For me, an English player should play for England really," added the midfielder who is in the squad to face Montenegro in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

Januzaj, 18, who hit the headlines after scoring twice for United in the 2-1 Premier League win over Sunderland last weekend, has not won a cap for any country and would have to wait until 2018 if he wanted to represent England.

His performances have caught the eye of England manager Roy Hodgson, who has said Januzaj was being monitored.