After almost a year of anticipation, Januzaj recently declared his international allegiance to Belgium and the winger has been immediately rewarded with a spot in the preliminary World Cup squad. While Wilmots has clearly welcomed the youngster with open arms, Mirallas was not quite so welcoming.
“I don’t think he should go to Brazil. It would not be fair to leave out another good player for someone who does not know the others and has not played a lot for his club in recent months,” the Everton winger said.
Mirallas went on to add that participating in the 2016 European Championships would be a “more realistic target” for the youngster.
This astonishing attack prompted Wilmots to publicly condemn Mirallas and urge the player to “stop talking nonsense.”
Football fans have been quick to discuss the outburst on Twitter.
Mirallas’ comments on Januzaj are disgraceful. Even if he thinks that, shouldn’t be saying that in public.
— Mayank (@TheMagicalJuan) April 30, 2014
— Mikey J (@MikeyJMUFC) April 30, 2014
Kudos to Wilmots. Mirallas saying Januzaj doesn’t deserve a spot is nonsense. Even if Januzaj doesn’t, shouldn’t be speaking publicly.
— Bas. (@Yanoozaj) April 30, 2014
Mirallas is fully entitled to slate Januzaj getting picked for the WC, he has hardly played and is the most overhyped in a long time.
— Joseph O’Sullivan (@JoeOSullivan94) April 30, 2014
Whilst most agree that Mirallas was wrong to raise his concerns publicly, the Everton winger’s comments have prompted much discussion over whom should start for Belgium this summer or even if Januzaj is worthy of a place in the squad.
Haha Kevin Mirallas told to shut up by his national manager. Deep down he fears his place could be under threat by an 18 years old.
— Punk (@_imran_mufc_) April 30, 2014
Mirallas is scared that Januzaj will take his place…
— Bas. (@Yanoozaj) April 25, 2014
Even if Adnan Januzaj does go to Brazil with Belgium, he probably won’t play much. Hazard and Mirallas are both better than him.
— Sam Hunt (@samhunt96) April 23, 2014
Hazard, Mertens, Mirallas. Heck even De Bruyne is better than Januzaj. Good luck getting in that Belgium team, kid.
— Aleks (@Aleks_LUFC) April 23, 2014
Hazard, Januzaj and Mirallas all behind Lukaku in the World Cup. That’s a fantastic attacking lineup.
— (@TurningCruyff) April 23, 2014
Does Mirallas’ outburst suggest that he is worried about losing his place? Or has Januzaj not played enough in the Premier League to warrant being selected ahead of the Everton winger?