The Random Fact Attack #1
Remember in 2013 when Adnan Januzaj was considering his international future and the English media demanding that he waits a couple more years to take out British citizenship and play for England?.
Only to be disappointed that Januzaj choose to represent stupid Belgium instead.
Well, I have some good news for you which might make 2013 you hate Belgium a little less as Januzaj could never of have played for the Three Lions due to an agreement in place between the home nations.
The agreement in place between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland states that a naturalised foreign player can not be eligible purely on the basis of citizenship, even though the player could be allowed to play under FIFA rules.
Only foreign born players who have lived in England for five or more years prior to the age of 18 are eligible to represent the national team so because Januzaj didn’t move to Manchester United until he was aged 16 he could never meet the criteria.
Other players that the press have touted by possible foreign England stars are former Arsenal pair Mikel Arteta and Manuel Almunia who were both never capped by Spain and most recently Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi who spent 6 years playing in England for Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.