Adnan Januzaj will not decide on his international future until he begins playing regular first-team football, as the debate over whether the Manchester United teenager should be allowed to represent England rages on.
The 18-year-old can choose from a host of suitors, including England, Belgium, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey.
David Moyes, the United manager, indicated that his England counterpart, Roy Hodgson, was an admirer of Januzaj, who scored both United goals in Sunday's 2-1 at Sunderland to crown an impressive full Premier League debut. "The FA have already been in touch," Moyes said following the win. Januzaj could represent the England team in 2018 on residency grounds, if he remains in the country for the next five years.
Such a possibility was on Tuesday rejected out of hand by the Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere, who shared his belief that only homegrown footballers should be eligible. "The only people who should play for England are English people," he said. The midfielder reinforced his comments on Twitter on Wednesday, saying: "The question was should foreign players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don't think they should!"
Wilshere's comments were put to the Football Association's chairman, Greg Dyke, at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, as was the possibility of naturalising Januzaj. "I don't think it comes down to individuals," he said. "The two goals at the weekend looked pretty good but I don't think it comes down to individuals.
"It comes down to saying what principles do we want to abide by and we ought to look at those and say: 'OK, do you draw the boundary there or do you draw it there?'
"The idea that somebody who is not born in this country cannot play here is not real but how long should they be here? But then you've got to look at what Fifa say, what are the Fifa rules on it?
"The FA are looking at what we think is appropriate and that is now what we are going through the process of."
Marc Wilmots, the Belgium head coach, is understood to have tried to call up Januzaj this week for the injured Vincent Kompany. Yet the 18-year-old refused as he is sticking to a stance decided on by his father when his son was a young boy at Anderlecht, where he played from 2005-11 until the move to United.
The representatives of Januzaj, whose father takes overall responsibility for his career, are in discussions with the Premier League club regarding a new deal as the current one expires next year, with it being understood both sides are confident that an agreement will be struck.