Arteta considered England option


Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has revealed he feels so English he once considered playing for the national side.

Arteta hails from the city of San Sebastian in the Basque region, but has played in England since joining Everton in 2005, and his form for the Toffees saw him touted as a possibility for Capello's squad in 2010, having not previously represented Spain at senior level.

The 29-year-old considered an England call-up but the decision was taken out of his hands upon closer examination of FIFA rules, and he told the club's official website, "If it was any other country I would have had to say no, but because it was that one I said I would have to think about it."

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