Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has rejected the opportunity to represent England at international level after committing his future to Belgium.
Manager Roy Hodgson has hoped to tempt the 19 year old into delaying clarification over his international allegiance until 2018 when he becomes eligible to play for England.
Januzaj is qualified to play for Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey but has instead chosen to play for Belgium, the country of his birth, less than two months before the start of the 2014 World Cup.
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots wrote on Twitter: "I have received official confirmation is Adnan Januzaj provides the Belgian national team for the rest of his career!
"This is good news and I am delighted that talented player is selectable for Belgium."
United later confirmed the story through their official website.
Wilmots' side are considered dark horses for the World Cup in Brazil after an impressive qualifying campaign and Januzaj could find himself involved in the warm-up games against Luxembourg, Sweden and Tunisia should he be included in the 30-man provisional squad expected to be announced on 13 May.
Agent Dick de Vriese said upon the announcement: "He doesn't have any guarantees on a place in a World Cup squad. He only let the manager know he can select him from now on.
"Adnan has followed the track we had in mind: first his place in the squad of Manchester United, than we would see. Belgium was the most logical choice.
The emergence of Januzaj has been a bright spot on an otherwise disappointing campaign for United, with the youngster having scored four goals in 32 appearances this season including a double on his full debut against Sunderland last October.
Though opportunities during the second half of the campaign have been limited, Januzaj is expected to play a significant role in United's future alongside Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie, following the sacking of David Moyes.