Adnan Januzaj Betting: Which country will he choose?


Manchester United wunderkind Adnan Januzaj is hot property at the moment, with several nations keen to secure his services at international level.

England, Januzaj's country of residence, want to challenge Belgium, the country of his birth, in the race to recruit the 18-year-old winger.

But Januzaj can also play for Albania and Kosovo, even though the latter does no yet have a FIFA-recognised team, plus Turkey (the birthplace of his grandparents) and most of eastern Europe. So who will he choose?

 

Belgium (1.60)

This would appear the most logical choice for Januzaj. Born in Brussels in 1995, Januzaj grew up and was educated in Belgium. He went on to play for Anderlecht, who he represented from the age of 10 to 16, before joining Manchester United. But - and it's a big but - Januzaj has rejected various calls from the Belgium U-18 and U-19 teams, citing a desire to represent Albania. But he may take a look at Belgium's squad and think he has the best chance of winning an international trophy with them.

 

England (2.40)

Wading in at 2.40 are England, who first made enquiries about acquiring the teenager in July. His full Manchester United debut last weekend, which saw him score two fine goals against Sunderland, has brought the debate to the fore - but will England make it happen? Januzaj would have to apply for UK citizenship in March 2016 and, under FIFA guidelines, would probably not be able to represent England (or Scotland, available at 75.00) until February 2018. Plus, Jack Wilshere isn't keen.

 

Albania (6.00)

Januzaj has continually stated his desire to play for Albania, the country of his parent's birth. Given that he's rejected Belgium several times already, Albania looks great value at 6.00. Albania's coach, Gianni De Biasi, declared in August this year that Januzaj is a great talent, and that he and the Albanian federation are waiting for the right moment to talk to him and to call him up for the Albanian national side. Januzaj would be granted hero status in Albania if he picked them, but he is unlikely to ever play in a major international tournament, let alone win anything.

 

Kosovo (75.00)

The main reason to back against Januzaj picking Kosovo, the disputed homeland of his father, is that Kosovo don't actually have a national team. And that could be a problem. But Kosovo are hoping to follow in Palestine's footsteps and achieve recognition from FIFA soon. If they do, Januzaj wouldn't be the only big name eligible to represent them; Fiorentina's Valon Behrami, Lazio's Lorik Cana and Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri could all, in theory, have formed the backbone of a decent-looking Kosovo side.

 

Januzaj's other international options

Croatia 15.00

Turkey 15.00

Serbia 25.00