Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere caused a bit of a twitter storm when he argued that only players born in England should be allowed to play for the national team, although he has back-tracked somewhat after tellings-off from South African-born England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, among others.
Here are five naturalised players that Man Utd youngster Adnan Januzaj would hope to emulate if the Belgian-born star finds his way into a Three Lions jersey over the next few years.
The Brazilian-born holding midfielder qualified for the Spanish national team halfway through his 11-season spell at Villarreal and was an instrumental part of La Roja’s first tournament win in 44 years at Euro 2008, which culminated with Senna being named in UEFA’s team of the tournament.
The wealth of attacking talent that made up the ultimately successful Brazilian World Cup squad in 2002 had no room for Deco so, having plied his trade in the Primeira Liga for five years at that point, the former Chelsea and Barcelona man declared for Portugal, made 75 appearances for the Seleccao and featured at four major championships.
Manchester City’s current reserve team coach was born in Dakar, Senegal and moved to France at the age of eight. Viera’s grandfather’s service in the French Army ensured the Arsenal midfielder’s passage into Les Blues’ team and the combative midfielder played a whopping 107 times for France over a 12-year period, picking up World Cup and European Championship winning medals in the process.
Everybody’s favourite rapping footballer only moved to London at the age of 13 after spending most of his childhood in Jamaica, but after two seasons at Watford Bobby Robson gave the 20-year-old Barnes his England debut against Northern Ireland in 1983 and the winger went on to make 78 more appearances for his adopted country.
Germany’s joint all-time top scorer spoke very little German when he moved to Kusel – near Kaiserslautern – aged eight, has a Polish-born wife and speaks Polish at home with his children, but his feat of scoring five goals in two different World Cups has only been matched by one other player and his tally of 130 caps for Die Mannschaft is only bettered by the legendary Lothar Matthaus.