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Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia considers British citizenship _ and England callup

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia considers British citizenship _ and England callup

England could have another goalkeeping option _ Manuel Almunia.
The 30-year-old Spaniard can take British citizenship in one year's time _ and since the Arsenal goalkeeper's never played for Spain, he would be eligible for England.
"I will study my situation," Almunia was quoted as saying by Britain's Press Association. "And, if Spain don't call me... They have never, never called me. And, if other people want me, I have to study my situation and take a decision ... I will not close myself to anything.
"I always say I have to wait until that moment to see what is happening at that moment, or which goalkeeper England has, or which goalkeeper Spain has _ look at the situation and take a decision."
Scott Carson was in goal for England's final European Championship qualifier and his errors contributed to a 3-2 loss to Croatia. That ended England's chances of playing at Euro 2008.
Paul Robinson had been England's No. 1 goalkeeper, with former first-choice, 37-year-old David James, often called into England squads as a backup.
Spain's first-choice goalkeeper is Iker Casillas, but Liverpool's Pepe Reina recently earned his first callup. Almunia, who edged out Jens Lehmann for the Arsenal goalkeeping spot, said it would be difficult to turn his back on Spain.
"It would be, but that's football," Almunia said. "It would be a big decision but I wouldn't care if I had two days to take it."
Almunia said he had enjoyed playing in England since joining Arsenal in 2004 from Celta Vigo.
"I am very proud to be part of Arsenal and I always have to give thanks to these people who give you everything," Almunia said. "If you give them a little thing, I think they love you, and that's fantastic. That doesn't happen in Spain, no.
"That's because in England the people are more passionate and the people here are more humble. If they receive something, even a little thing, they give you double. For a player that's unbelievable."


Updated : 2020-12-06 02:51 GMT+08:00