Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas says it would be unfair if Adnan Januzaj was picked by Belgium for the 2014 World Cup.
Manchester United midfielder Januzaj, 19, declared his allegiances to the European nation despite also being eligible for Kosovo, Albania and Serbia among others.
Mirallas, a 43-time Belgium international, is pleased the teenager chose his country, but said he should not be selected for Brazil 2014.
"There was a lot of pressure on him to make his mind up, and it is good for Belgium that he has chosen us, because he is a good player," Mirallas told reporters. "But I don't think he should go to Brazil. It would not be fair to leave out another good player for someone who does not know the others and has not played a lot for his club in recent months.
"Adnan does not know the group, and the fact is, he has not had much game time at Manchester United lately. It's not as if we are short of good players in that area of the team. In fact, there are a lot of good players in his position in the Belgium squad, so it is going to be difficult for him.
"He has yet to prove at United that he can be their No. 1 asset in his particular position. I think for him, the European Championships in 2016 would be a more realistic target."
Mirallas has been ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season with a small groin tear, but is expected to be fit for the World Cup.