Harry Redknapp backs Wilshere

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has told ITV News that he believes that only English people should play football for England. He said he supported Jack Wilshere's call for a change in FIFA residency rules.

Roy Hodgson defends Jack Wilshere over England row

Roy Hodgson has defended Jack Wilshere's comments over the England team, and is confident the controversy will not affect the Arsenal midfielder in England's final World Cup qualifiers.

England Manager, Roy Hodgson seen during the press conference today
England Manager, Roy Hodgson seen during the press conference today Credit: Press Association

The England Manager said:

"First of all I think his comments if not misunderstood were translated in a way people wanted to translate them. People are always complaining that players don't have an opinion or that they say nothing worth listening to so I don't think it's quite right to criticise someone for having an opinion.

"The subject matter is worthy of debate and, at the end of the day, it will be a policy decision taken by the FA. From my point of view, it hasn't affected Jack. I think he just shrugs it off."

England take on Montenegro at Wembley on Friday evening.

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Pietersen and Wilshere disagree over foreign players row

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has pressed Jack Wilshere on Twitter over his comments that only English people should be able to play for the national team.

Jack Wilshere said he believed only English people should play for the national side when questioned over Roy Hodgson's plans to convince Manchester United's teen sensation Adnan Januzaj to play for England.

In response, South African-born Pietersen tweeted:

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.@jackwilshere -interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that include me, Strauss, Trott, Prior, Justin Rose, Froome, Mo Farah?

Wilshere, 21, said his comments concerned football and not any other sport.

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@kp24 With all due respect Mr Pietersen the question was about Football! Cricket, cycling, Athletics is not my field!

However, the England cricketer insisted the same principle applied whatever the discipline:

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.@jackwilshere same difference.. It's about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!

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Which countries can Adnan Januzaj play for?

Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj has not yet decided which country he will represent at international level but the midfielder has several options.

Adnan Januzaj scored twice on his full Manchester United debut. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Belgium: The teenager was born in Brussels and has previously turned down the chance to represent his country of birth.

Albania: He qualifies to play for Albania through his Kosovan-Albanian parents.

Serbia and Kosovo: Januzaj's parents are of Kosovan-Albanian descent, however, Kosovo's national teams are not members of UEFA or FIFA. Kosovo's independence is also not recognised by the United Nations, meaning he could play for Serbia.

Turkey: He qualifies to play for Turkey through his grandparents.

England: Januzaj is not yet eligible to play for Roy Hodgson's side. He would have to stay in England until 2018 in order to play for the Three Lions.

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Ex-FA chief: England should 'pick best players we can'

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Former FA chairman David Bernstein on England eligibility, speaking to @bbc5live "I'd say we must play within rules... (1/2)

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David Bernstein "...but if within rules players are eligible I'd be inclined to pick best players we can get. Other countries do that" (2/2)

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Wilshere: Only English players should play for England

Just days after England manager Roy Hodgson admitted he was keeping an eye on Manchester United's new teen sensation Adnan Januzaj, England midfielder Jack Wilshere said he believed only English people should be able to play for the national team.

Jack Wilshere said he believes only players born in England should be allowed to represent the country. Credit: Press Association

Wilshere said:"The only people who should play for England are English people.

"If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I’m not going to play for Spain."

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