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Manchester United youngster Januzaj is not the answer claims Mills

11 Oct 2013 14:01:54

Manchester United youngster Januzaj is not the answer claims Mills

Football Association commission member Danny Mills believes trying to get Belgium-born Adnan Januzaj to play for England one day would be just a "quick fix to a long-term problem".

Former England defender Mills, who played at the 2002 World Cup finals under Sven-Goran Eriksson, has been asked to join FA chairman Greg Dyke's panel.

The commission is set to examine how best to improve the fortunes of the senior national side and enable more home-grown talent to come through the domestic club system.

Former Norwich trainee Mills, who won 19 England caps and had successful spells in the top flight with Leeds and Manchester City, believes the future success of the England team has to come from within.

Debate was sparked by Arsenal's Jack Wilshere saying this week: "The only people who should play for England are English people."

Dyke would be prepared to entertain the idea of Januzaj and other foreign-born players representing England if the rules allow it.

But speaking on talkSPORT, Mills said: "I don't agree with [Dyke on] that. I don't think he [Januzaj] should be able to play for England.

"I think it is a quick fix to a long-term problem. If you start to do that, you actually detract from encouraging young English clubs to go and find English players.

"What academies will do is bring in foreign players at the age of 13, 14 that have got potential and then by the time they are 18 they can play for England."

Mills added: "If you carry on going through where we are, in another 10 or 15 years England will struggle to qualify [for major tournaments] because there won't be enough players."


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