Wilshere in English players row

England midfielder Jack Wilshere has insisted only English people should be able to play for the national team. His comments came after England boss Roy Hodgson admitted he was keeping an eye on Manchester United's new teen sensation Adnan Januzaj.

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Hodgson: Wilshere's comments 'worthy of debate'

Roy Hodgson has defended midfielder Jack Wilshere's right to question who is eligible to play for the national side.

The England manager said the subject matter "is worthy of debate", following Wilshere's comment that "only English people" should be able to play for the national team.

In a press conference Hodgson said "it's wrong to criticise someone for having an opinion", and reminded his audience that "at the end of the day it's going to be the result of a policy decision which will be taken by the Football Association."

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