West Brom legend Regis ponders Januzaj dilemma: France had plan for me

West Bromwich Albion legend and former England striker Cyrille Regis has revealed he was targeted by France as a 20 year-old.

West Bromwich Albion legend and former England striker Cyrille Regis has revealed he was targeted by France as a 20 year-old.

Big Cyrille has sympathy for Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj over his international dilemma.

He revealed to the Birmingham Mail: "I came over here as a five-year-old - I didn't have a passport I came on my mum and dad's passports.

"I got my British passport, I was playing well and back then you could have dual nationality. French Guiana was a 'department' of France so technically you have the same privileges as Parisians. And then it came out that I could play for France and England. Saint-Étienne came to me with a project. They wanted me to sign for them, develop my game, learn French and play for France. There was also an issue over conscription to national service in those days - I could have ended up in the French army on the basis that I was born in French Guiana - I had to prove I was living in England.

"So I had to make a decision. It was a tough decision. I had sleepless nights, it was a lucrative offer and I was only on a one-year deal at West Brom. But I made what I consider to be the right decision."

 
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