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Januzaj will make Belgium's pre-World Cup squad

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As the World Cup draws nearer, it has been confirmed that United's Adnan Januzaj will join the Belgium squad for pre-tournament training.

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Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has confirmed that Adnan Januzaj will be called up to a preliminary World Cup squad. The young Manchester United attacker, who recently chose to represent Belgium ahead of of interest from England, Albania, Kosovo, Turkey, Serbia, Micronesia, Atlantis, Florin, Guilder, Agartha, Erewhon, Brobdingnag and the Liberty of Norton Folgate, will join a collection of other players before the tournament.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Le Soir, Wilmots said:

I have seen him play several times and now I want to see him with the squad. I will include him in the list of 30 pre-selected players for the World Cup and he will be one of the 26 or 27 players who take part in training in Genk and then in Sweden. I prefer to keep the numbers down but Januzaj will be there.

Following that training camp, the other Red Devils will have to name a squad of 23 for the final tournament. And in Wilmots' eyes, the absence of Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke represents an opportunity for Januzaj:

Things were clear between us: he has received no assurance from me of a place in the World Cup squad. ... What is for sure is that the boy is an interesting player in the absence of Christian Benteke. Not many people know but in the Manchester United reserve team, he has often played as a number nine. His versatility is an asset.

Stick him up top and bang balls at his head. Nothing wrong with that plan, no sir.