Saturday 16 December 2017

Capello in Arteta talks

England coach Fabio Capello has held face-to-face talks with Mikel Arteta about the possibility of him playing international football, but both sides remain wary about pursuing the idea in view of the controversy it may cause.

It emerged last night that Capello spoke to Spanish-born Arteta at Goodison Park after Everton's 1-1 draw with Wolves last Saturday.

Capello wanted to gauge the uncapped midfielder's interest in playing for England under the dual nationality rule, now that Arteta qualifies for British citizenship, but the manager has urged the FA to clarify its stance on the situation before he takes it any farther.

Arteta, who has lived in England since joining Everton in 2005 and previously spent two years with Rangers, is entitled to apply for British citizenship, but has not yet done so.

If an application is successful, which could take more than six months, he would be eligible to play for England or any of the other home nations under the same dual nationality ruling that Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain exploited with South American players such as Cacau, Mauro Camoranesi, Deco and Marcos Senna, respectively.

Capello will name David Stockdale, the Fulham goalkeeper, in his squad for the opening Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Bulgaria and Switzerland on September 3 and 7 respectively. Matthew Jarvis of Wolves is also set to be in the preliminary squad of 30 players -- but Joe Cole will miss out again.

Irish Independent

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