Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has revealed discussions have started regarding eligibility boundaries as the debate over Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj representing England rages on.
The Belgium-born winger has risen to prominence after his two goals at Sunderland and is available to play for the country of his birth, Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey.
Januzaj could also represent the England team in 2018 on residency grounds if he remains in the country for the next five years, with manager Roy Hodgson confirming he would be interested in selecting the winger if he became eligible.
Such a possibility was on Tuesday rejected out of hand by England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who shared his belief that only home-grown footballers should be eligible.
"The only people who should play for England are English people," he said.
"If you live in England for five years it doesn't make you English."
Wilshere's comments were put to FA chairman Dyke at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, as was the possibility of naturalising Januzaj.
"I don't think it comes down to individuals," he said. "The two goals at the weekend looked pretty good, but I don't think it comes down to individuals.
"It comes down to saying what principles do we want to abide by and we ought to look at those and say 'okay, do you draw the boundary there or do you draw it there?'
"The idea that somebody who is not born in this country cannot play here is not real, but how long should they be here?
"But then you've got to look at what FIFA say, what are the FIFA rules on it?
"The FA are looking at what we think is appropriate and that is now what we are going through the process of."
Pressed further on whether he would like to have a player of Januzaj's quality in the England set-up, Dyke said: "I'd like to have 11. Yes, well, obviously you want players of quality, but whether that means you change the basis of the decisions that we have taken... this isn't a unique experience.
"There have been English players before that were not born in England to have played for the national side and it happens in many other sports. The question is how far do you push it?"
Dyke believes it is "too extreme" to suggest people need to born in England to represent the country.
"I think the question do you draw the line here or there," he said. "That is what we will be looking at.
"We have had discussions a couple of times at Club England board level and we will discuss it again.
"Then we will take a decision on where we think the line should be."
Dyke's predecessor at the FA helm believes England must take advantage of the residency rule that could see Januzaj naturalised.
David Bernstein, who left the post in the summer, says he has no problem with the FA looking at all their options, given other countries may be doing the same.
"We live in a changing world where there is much more fluidity in terms of population movements," he told BBC Radio Five Live.
"I'd say we must play within the rules obviously, but if within the rules there are players who are eligible to play for England I would be inclined to pick the best players we can get.
"Other countries do that and we want to be on a level playing field doing that.
"I would prefer to see a team made up of people who are born and bred, and so on, but I think we have to play within the rules and get the very best team. I think that's what the public want; I think that's what the fans want."
Asked if the five-year residency rule was sufficient a qualification, Bernstein added: "If that is the rule and we can take advantage of the rule then I think probably we should if that gives us a better team."
Wilshere took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to claim that his comments had been taken out of context.
He posted on his official account: "Just to clarify a few things....again! Seems to be a trend in this country, poor journalism in my eyes! I wasn't referring to Janujaz (sic)...
"The question was should foreign players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don't think they should! He is a great player...
"I wish he was English! I'm sure most of you agree with me even if some journalist are trying to make me look bad....again!"
The furore created by Wilshere's comments seems not to have distracted the midfielder's focus ahead of Friday's crunch game against Montenegro.
He added: "Anyway....training was decent today, I even managed to score again! With my right foot! #wishingtraininggoalscounted."