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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:

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

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

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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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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."

Hodgson: Wilshere smoking is Arsenal's responsibility

England manager Roy Hodgson says he won't talk to Jack Wilshere about smoking and has backed him to play for his country:

I trust Arsene to deal with that situation. He will make it clear, I'm sure, to Jack what his responsibilities are. I've had no problems of that nature with Jack, so I don't need to involve myself in it.

Jack's an Arsenal player who also plays for England. If Arsene thinks it's also good for me to have a word with Jack I'll be more than happy to do so but, as far as I'm concerned, it's Arsenal's responsibility.

– Roy Hodgson

Jack Wilshere admits mistake by smoking cigarette

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere has admitted he made a mistake by smoking a cigarette, but says he won't get himself into the same situation in future.

Jack Wilshere

The midfielder was photographed smoking outside a London nightclub on Thursday morning, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger later criticising the England international. Speaking to Arsenal Player, Jack Wilshere said:

"Players make mistakes. I am not a smoker. I spoke with the boss and he asked me what happened, I explained to him and we sorted it out. He put me in the team and hopefully I repaid him. I am not a smoker so I think that will be my last (cigarette)."


Wilshere tweets: For the record.... I don't smoke!

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere insisted today he does not smoke despite being pictured with a cigarette outside a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning. Today Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger insisted he would to take up the issue directly with the player.

But Wilshere responded this afternoon by posting a photograph on his official Twitter feed of France World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane smoking, which he then followed it up with a post of:

Arsene Wenger said: "I disagree completely with that behaviour. I don't know really what happened, so I will need to have a chat with him about that. There are two things - first of all when you are a football player you are an example and as well you don't do what damages your health."

Wilshere to undergo ankle surgery

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is a key part of Roy Hodgson's England team. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that his midfielder Jack Wilshere will have a minor operation on his ankle at the end of the season. He will not miss any Arsenal games but will miss England's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland on May 29th and Brazil on June 2nd.

Wenger said Wilshere currently has to play with painkillers but said the surgery "will not be a problem".

Wilshere could face action over water-bottle incident

Jack Wilshere could face action from the FA after being involved in a half-time bust-up in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Everton at the Emirates last night.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere leaving the pitch during half time. They went on to draw with Everton 0-0 Credit: PA

Television pictures showed England international Wilshere, just back from a six-week injury lay-off, involved in a fracas with Everton's Kevin Mirallas as the players walked off at the break, reacting angrily after appearing to be squirted with a water bottle.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of the spat, which was quickly contained: "I don't know about it, but if it was (on television), then very soon everybody will know about it - and I will know about it as well. It was all right in the dressing room."

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