Arsenal’s Arteta was delighted about the interest Fabio Capello and the rest of England’s national squad showed in capping him, but he won’t be able to play for the Lions because of FIFA rules unfortunately.
“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,” he said
“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.”
Arteta played for Spain up to the U21 squad but unfortunately was forgotten right after that even though his talent and skills would have recommended him for the seniors. The question on everyone’s lips right now is whether the Spaniard would have imposed himself between Wilshere, Lampard, Gerrard, Parker and the other midfielders Capello usually uses.