Wilshere diffuses row with KP
Jack Wilshere has attempted to diffuse his Twitter row with Kevin Pietersen over his view of eligibility for the England team.
The Arsenal midfielder was involved in a series of exchanges with England cricket star Pietersen on Wednesday.
Pietersen had taken exception to Wilshrere's comments on Tuesday that only English people should play for England.
Pietersen, who was born in South Africa, tweeted: "@JackWilshere - interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that include me, Andrew Strauss, (Jonathan) Trott, (Matthew) Prior, Justin Rose, (Chris) Froome, Mo Farah?"
Wilshere tried to defend his comments by responding with: "@KP24 With all due respect Mr Pietersen the question was about Football! Cricket, cycling, Athletics is not my field!"
Pietersen was still not satisfied, replying: "@JackWilshere same difference. It's about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!"
Wilshere again tried to play down the row: "@KP24 I agree that's exactly what i was saying...."
Later on Wednesday night, Wilshere made another attempt to diffuse the row.
"To be clear, never said 'born in England' - I said English people should play for England," said Wilshere.
"Great respect for people like KP (Kevin Pietersen), Mo Farah and Wilf Zaha - they make the country proud.
"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.
"Just saying my opinion, everyone is entitled to theirs. Can't wait for Friday night..."
The row began when Wilshere was asked his view on the prospect of Manchester United's rising star Adnan Januzaj one day playing for England.
Januzaj, who scored twice on his full debut for Manchester United at the weekend, was born in Belgium and could also represent Turkey, Serbia or Kosovo - who are not currently a recognised FIFA nation.
However, he would also be eligible to play for England if he remained in the country for five years after his 18th birthday, which was in February this year.
FA chairman Greg Dyke does not want England to find themselves at a disadvantage by ignoring FIFA's eligibility rules.
"We need to look at the rules," said Dyke. "We need to look at what other countries are doing and whether we are putting ourselves at a competitive disadvantage by not doing it.
"I am not saying, let's grab him or not grab him. It is a wider case because his is not the only case.
"Longer term, what I really care about is that kids coming through the system have the opportunity to play at the highest level if they have got the talent."
Januzaj's United team-mate Wayne Rooney admits he is in two minds about the concept. "I don't know," he said.
"Adnan is a tremendous talent. If he wants to play for England, he has to go and speak to the manager and go through the right people.
"You see a lot of different nationalities playing for the cricket team but football has been quite traditional and stayed with English players. It's a difficult one."