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Spanish-Born Mikel Arteta Considers England Call-Up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09: Mikel Arteta kicks the ball during the Evertone training session at ANZ Stadium  on July 9, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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Daniel GoochAnalyst IAugust 22, 2010

Everton's Spanish-born midfielder Mikel Arteta has said that he would consider playing for England if Fabio Capello called him up to play.

The skillful player, who was formerly at Rangers, has been resident in England since joining Everton from Real Sociedad in 2005. This has earned him British citizenship.

Speaking in a postmatch interview to the BBC, he said, "If one day the opportunity comes obviously I would have to consider it very seriously."

Despite impressing many people in the Premier League, has never been called up to play for Spain.

It just so happens that England coach Fabio Capello was watching from the stands at Goodison Park to see Everton's game against Wolves. 

When asked about the possibility of being selected to play for England, he said, "I don't know what his [Capello's] thoughts are.

"I know some people have been talking about it, but I haven't said anything yet because the offer is not there at the moment."

Arteta is not the only Spaniard who is playing Premier league, and who has the possibility of a call-up to the England team. 

Arsenal's goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has revealed that he has not ruled out the possibility of helping out England in between the posts as he has also been given British citizenship after being here since 2004.

Both players have a tough task of breaking into the World Cup-winning Spainish squad, but getting into the disappointing England squad will be easier.

We may see them both representing England at Euro 2012.

Watch this space ... 

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