Adnan Januzaj accused of having ‘poor state of mind’ by Belgium U21 boss Enzo Scifo

by Ben Topliss

Adnan Januzaj has been criticised by Belgium U21 boss Enzo Scifo for having a “poor state of mind” after the forward pulled out of Belgium U21s squad to play the Czech Republic.

Januzaj, who is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund from Manchester United, has been demoted to the Belgium U21 squad due to a lack of playing time in Germany.

The 20-year-old has found life tough at Dortmund and he is yet to start a game in the Bundesliga.

Scifo was not happy with Januzaj after he chose to pull out of the Belgium U21 squad.


“A 20-year-old player who gives this impression of non-motivation, it reflects a poor state of mind,” Scifo said.

“I would normally speak to him, but I don’t have a good feeling about this. I’m not condemning him because he is young.

“He might react in six months, a year or two. I hope it won’t be too late for him.

“I dislike that a player is not motivated. The U21s aren’t a pub team! When you’re 20, you have to be humble enough to understand that on your own. You can’t ask your dad or your agent if it’s a good choice or not.”


Januzaj’s progress seems to have stalled since his breakthrough season under David Moyes at Man United and it is not immediately clear how he will get back on track. It would have been good for him to get some playing time with the Belgium U21s but he may be focused on working hard on the training ground over the international break.

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