Would have Arteta like a shot tho. Not sure of the rules/gentlemen's agreement & CBA to check but there's a common sense argument that a British citizen (as Arteta now is, according to reports I've read) who's played in England for over five years is at least as English as another UK national who hadn't lived in or played football in England when he was called up to the national team & who doesn't qualify as "home grown" under the new Wafer rules.
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Last edited by Ikki; 25-08-2010 at 03:15 AM.
They're both pretty dire tbh.
FIFA requires players to posess a passport of the country they wish to represent, so if you're a Northern Irish Catholic, you can represent the Republic despite not being born in the Republic and having no family links to the Republic.
UIMM, there's been a few Northern Irish born players play for the Republic's underage side.
In news that makes me want to kick myself in the face; Roy is after Carlton Cole.
Players born in British territories overseas, such as Matt Le Tissier, or anyone born in say, British bases in Germany or Cyprus are automatically eligible for all 4 nations. Players like Arteta who might opt to gain British citizenship would be eligible for all 4, but I'm pretty sure the gentleman's agreement would kick in and they'd only be eligible for the nation that they'd qualified in. Could be interesting if Arteta had played for Swansea or Cardiff for 5 years instead of Everton, mind.
BBC Sport - Foootball - England call-up interests Spanish-born Mikel Arteta
And FTR, Hargreaves could of played for Wales since one of his mum was from there, and his dad's (IIRC) English.
Last edited by Craig; 25-08-2010 at 05:34 AM.
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