Mikel Arteta considered his options

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has admitted that at one stage he considered playing for England.

The Spanish playmaker has never been capped by his nation and due to good form for Everton back in 2010 was touted as potentially in line for an England call up.

Despite Fifa regulations preventing the Spaniard from representing his adopted country, Arteta has stated that he would have liked to have stepped out for The Three Lions.

“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,” the 29-year-old told Arsenal’s official site.

“England has been really good to me professionally and personally. In the end I didn’t have to make a decision because I wasn’t allowed to play because of FIFA rules.

“At least it was nice to know that Fabio Capello and his staff were thinking about bringing me into the national team. I feel English in some ways because I have spent the biggest part of my career here.

“Obviously I know how English people think, what they do, the culture – I know everything. I have to adapt to that so I am living life like an English person.

“It’s funny, I look at my child and hear her talk English, it’s amazing,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

Article title: Mikel Arteta considered his options

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