Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Januzaj shortlisted for BBC award

Adnan Januzaj has impressed for Manchester United this season
Adnan Januzaj has impressed for Manchester United this season

Ten contenders have been shortlisted for the BBC young sports personality of the year 2013 - including Manchester United's teenager midfielder Adnan Januzaj.

The 18-year-old will be hoping to emulate team-mate Wayne Rooney, who won the award in 2002, but his presence is something of a surprise given that he has only played a handful of games for the United first team.

Januzaj was born in Belgium but has yet to choose which country to represent internationally - he is currently ineligible for England. Although not British, he is eligible for the BBC award as he is resident in and plays in the UK and his main achievements were in this country and not for a national team.

Januzaj is up against athletes Dina Asher-Smith and Jess Judd, golfer Charley Hull, shooting's Amber Hill, swimmer James Guy, paralympic swimmer Amy Marren, weightlifter Rebekah Tiler, wheelchair racer Isaac Towers and canoe slalom's Kimberley Woods.

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