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Croatia also believe they can have a go at Adnan Januzaj

Oct 10, 2013, 7:49 AM EDT

Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj watches a NBA preseason basketball game in Manchester Reuters

This is getting silly.

According to Sky Sports, there’s a chance Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj could also qualify to play for Croatia, making it the sixth team he would potentially be able to play for.

Any more countries, and we’re going to need a David Letterman Top 10 Countries Adnan Januzaj Could Play For list.

“One of the managers from Albania has told me that Adnan’s mother is from Croatia” said Croatian Under-21 manager Ivo Susak to Sportske Novosti. “So we are of course interested in him.”

Susak also conceded it they would be “facing an uphill battle for him” but that despite that they were “planing talks with this young player” anyways.

The Belgian-born sensation currently is confirmed to be eligible to play for Belgium, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, and Kosovo – although the latter of the list is not yet a FIFA-sanctioned country.

Reports last week were that England manager Roy Hodgson was going to attempt to sway the 18-year-old to make a play at qualifying for England as well, but a closer look at the FIFA regulations appear to show that being a very remote possibility.

The thing that makes Januzaj so intriguing to every country is that he has shown zero inclination towards playing for any particular country, and has rejected every single youth call-up he’s received in an attempt to stay completely neutral.

His father has gone on record saying he wishes to be guaranteed a starting spot at any country he chooses, so Croatia may attempt to use that to their advantage.

  1. rafibomb10 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    No one should be “Guaranteed a starting spot” in order to choose that country. That is ridiculous. I’m glad the kid didn’t actually say that. As a youth soccer coach, it really is complete truth that parents are more of a pain in the tush than the kids. Just saying…

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