Liverpool defender Jose Enrique insists he will never switch his international allegiances after the Spaniard revealed how his English teammates have been trying to get him to seek British citizenship.
The 25-year-old left-back has turned in a number of scintillating performances in the Barclays Premier League over the past two years, and has impressed since his £6million move to Anfield in the summer.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has been delighted with the form of the former Newcastle man, who has successfully made the Reds' problem position his own.
Despite the strength and depth of Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque's squad, many feel that Enrique is unlucky not to have received international recognition for the reigning World and European champions.
"Some team-mates have told me to apply for British citizenship," confirmed Enrique. "But I'm not thinking about doing that because I'm Spanish and I'll either play for Spain or nobody.
"I want to play for Spain. Playing for a club like Liverpool makes you think you'll have more chance of representing your country but it is Vicente Del Bosque who decides and I just have to focus on playing well for my club."
After Liverpool failed to qualify for Europe last season, Dalglish recruited well in the summer, with Enrique just one of seven new faces who arrived at Anfield ahead of the 2011-12 campaign.
The club's upturn in form, and lack of congestion in their fixture schedule now means the Merseysiders are tipped for a return to Europe next year, and Enrique feels UEFA Champions League qualification is well within their grasp.
"We've gone a year-and-a-half without losing to the Premier League's big four teams," he added. "We're doing okay but we can be better. Liverpool should be aspiring to be in the Champions League.
"Winning the Premier League is difficult because there are so many strong teams but you can see now that the ones playing in the Champions League are suffering a bit. We are going to try to take advantage of that."
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