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Arteta pondered England option

January 6, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Arsenal's Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has revealed he wanted to play for Fabio Capello's England but was thwarted by a little known FIFA rule.

Arteta, who hails from the city of San Sebastian in the Basque region, has played in England since joining Everton in 2005 and could have turned out for the national side at Euro 2012.

Having not previously represented Spain at senior level, the 29-year-old had hoped to qualify for England after completing five years residency in ...

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