Arteta not ruling out England

Arteta has lived in England for five years, meaning he is eligible

to play for the Three Lions should he acquire a British passport.

Fabio Capello did not include the Spaniard in the squad for the

Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland, but

Arteta has told FA chiefs he is still available. And although his

potential inclusion has caused mixed reactions among England

supporters, the 28-year-old insists he would give a call-up serious

consideration. “The situation is the same as it has always been,”

Arteta said in the Sun. “No one has contacted me and I spoke about

my thoughts on it clearly last week. “I said it once and I’ll say

it again. If that chance comes I’ll consider it very seriously.”

San Sebastian-born Arteta says the decision over whether to bring

him into the Three Lions set-up now lies with Capello and his

employers. “I don’t think it’s me that has to make the decision,”

he added. “The FA have to think about it and propose something.

“They have to talk to me and then we can talk about it. I don’t

think it’s me who has to say anything because it’s not my job. “But

if Capello and the FA say it’s all right then I’ll say what I

think. At the moment, there is nothing.” Arteta arrived at Goodison

Park from Real Sociedad in 2005 and has made 133 league appearances

for the Toffees, scoring 23 goals.