Wilmots: Man United rejected Belgium call-up for Januzaj

Alex Smith
Wilshere against Januzaj playing for England

Manchester United has turned down Belgium's attempt to call-up talented winger Adnan Januzaj, according to manager Marc Wilmots.

The Premier League champion insists the 18-year-old is not ready to make a decision on his international future after scoring twice on his first league start for his domestic side against Sunderland.

"Manchester United told me that Januzaj has not made a decision to play for a national team yet, not for any country," Wilmots told reporters. "We gave a clear signal [that we want him to play for Belgium] and now it's up to him. I will respect his choice."

Januzaj's stock has risen after scoring a match-winning double as David Moyes' side came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 on Saturday. The winger is eligible to represent Albania, Turkey, Serbia and Belgium, but United does not want to rush the youngster’s decision.

England is another possibility for Januzaj, with manager Roy Hodgson confirming on the BBC’s 'Match of the Day' program that talks are lined up regarding the youngster, who is in the process of earning England citizenship.

"It has to be seriously debated before we start re-nationalizing players," Hodgson said. "But there's no doubt he's a real talent and we have our eyes on him. There's a lot still to be discussed."