Tom Ince has joined in the old debate of Adnan Januzaj‘s eligibility to play for England and tried to claim it wouldn’t be the right thing for the country to do even if Januzaj wanted them to.
The 18-year-old still hasn’t pledged his international allegiance yet and would be eligible to play for England in a few years because of the home grown rule but Ince has sided himself with Jack Wilshere in questioning Januzaj’s ‘Englishness’.
“It’s a difficult one,” he said. “Like Jack Wilshere said: Is he English?
“But anyway, look at Raheem Sterling, Ravel Morrison, Wilfried Zaha, myself, Saido Berahino, you’ve got Nathan Redmond too. All the attacking players we have available [for the Under-21s], how’s he going to get a game?
“Don’t get me wrong, Januzaj is a fantastic talent but there’s a lot in the Under-21s [who] could run him close. To bypass those players by bringing someone in … what would that say?”
What Januzaj coming straight into the England Under-21s side means is that he is better than the rest. Simple. It would have nothing to with anybody being bypassed.
All this sounds like from Ince is a whine that there might be added competition in front of him for a spot in the squad. If he was 100% confident in his own ability, extra competition for spaces would be nothing but a catalyst to make him want even more.
Clearly, Ince is threatened by the prospect of Januzaj arriving and to be fair, he should be as Ince would likely become his understudy.