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Januzaj makes Belgium debut

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Hard luck England, Kosovo, Albania and innumerable others. Adnan Januzaj is now a Belgian international, and seems to be enjoying himself.

Laurence Griffiths

Last night, Adnan Januzaj made his debut for Belgium in a 5-1 win over Luxembourg. Introduced at half-time, the Manchester United winger of now-fixed nationality was eager to impress, trying out a full range of tricks, feints, blasts from distance, and even at one point a hamstring-straining rabona. None of them came off, but never mind that.

After the game, Januzaj sounded pleased and confident:

It's my job to play one touch, to dribble, to entertain the crowd a bit. I wasn't under much pressure. I'm used to playing in front of 80,000 at Manchester United. I am happy with my debut.

His manager, Marc Wilmots, also sounded satisfied, but stressed that Januzaj may not be guaranteed a starting position:

He gives us an extra dimension. He faces a lot of competition.

Here is a video showing most of his best bits. We particularly liked the part where he beats his man and clips in a dangerous cross ... which Marouane Fellaini promptly heads wide.