Jack Wilshere and Kevin Pietersen involved in Twitter war over England nationality

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Jack Wilshere was in the middle of a controversy after his comments on ‘foreign’ players playing for England

England footballer Jack Wilshere and cricket team’s batting mainstay, Kevin Pietersen were involved in a war of words on Twitter on Tuesday after the midfielder raised the issue of a sportsperson’s origins being important when playing for the national team.

The controversy broke out earlier on Tuesday when speaking in a press conference ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Montenegro, he responded to a question whether England should seek Manchester United’s latest 18-year-old sensation Adnan Januzaj, who was brought up in Belgium and is qualified to play for many European countries, and what his view was about playing with ‘foreign players’ in the England national team.

Wilshere replied, “No, for me if you are English you are English and you play for England. The only people who should play for England are English people. If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English. You shouldn’t play … it doesn’t mean you can play for a country. If I went to Spain and lived there for five years I am not going to play for Spain.”

South Africa-born cricketer Kevin Pietersen left his native country for England after protesting against the country’s quota system. Pietersen decided to clarify Wilshere’s remarks on Twitter:

.@JackWilshere -interested to know how you define foreigner…? Would that include me, Strauss, Trott, Prior, Justin Rose, Froome, Mo Farah?

— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) October 9, 2013

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South Africa-born English cricketer Kevin Pietersen wasn’t happy with Wilshere’s comments

Wilshere replied saying that he focussed on the issue in football and distanced himself from other sports. However, Pietersen was quick to respond.

.@JackWilshere same difference.. It's about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!

— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) October 9, 2013

After Pietersen’s remarks, Wilshere later took to Twitter to clear the air about his comments:

To be clear, never said 'born in England' – I said English people should play for England.

— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 9, 2013

Great respect for people like KP, Mo Farah and Wilf Zaha – they make the country proud.

— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 9, 2013

My view on football – going to a new country when ur an adult, & because u can get a passport u play 4 that national team – I disagree

— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 9, 2013

Kevin Pietersen replied this morning, stating that FA should emulate other sports, taking a dig that they win all the ‘trophies and medals’.

.@JackWilshere I reckon the FA are just wanting to try out what's worked for Cricket, Golf & Athletics. They all win trophies & medals! Ha

— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) October 10, 2013


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