Manchester United‘s new star, Adnan Januzaj, was born in Belgium and played for the youth ranks of Anderlecht before joining The Red Devils in 2011. He has never played for the Belgian National Team before, and according to sources close to the youngster, it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll join them in the near future.
The attacking midfielder, who burst onto the worldwide scene following some impressive display for Manchester United this season, has reportedly said he’s unsure whether to play for a National Team yet, as he’s looking to establish himself as a regular at Old Trafford first before choosing a country.
Is he making the right choice?
Soccer players, like most sportsmen, have relatively short careers, and despite the fact that he’s only 18 years old and has a bright future ahead of him, he should make a choice while he’s still fit and able to play for a team. Most importantly, he should take advantage of the fact that several countries are looking at him as a potential call-up. No one can predict the future, and he could get injured or decrease his level of play, although that seems unlikely due to his talent.
So far, there are four countries reportedly keen on having Januzaj as an international: his native, Belgium, non-FIFA Kosovo, Albania and Serbia are all countries he could play for in the future. He could be eligible to play for England as well if he wants another year, and the Three Lions already established the first contact. However, the response wasn’t positive, as Januzaj gave them the same answer: an international call-up is not on the cards yet for the youngster.
He should decide though, before it’s too late. He might regret this decision if he’s later unable to play at a higher level than he is now.