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Is Arteta even playing well enough to make the England squad at the moment? He hasn't looked like half the player he was before his injury last season.
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If Arteta can play for England why then can't Nacho Novo play for Scotland? Oh that's right. It's because he can't. Geez.
Previously, players with British citizenship had to either have at least a grandparent born in a particular Home Nation, or have completed at least five years of schooling in that country in order to represent the national side.
"There has been some confusion and much debate in recent days about whether or not Nacho Novo can play for Scotland.
"On one hand the FIFA regulations say that George Burley can pick eligible players who hold a British passport - and on the other we have the gentlemen's agreement with the other Home Associations that says that we will pick players based on their blood line.
"I have today sought to clarify the issue. We have had discussions with the other associations in the past couple of days and I've found out that everyone is adhering to our agreement and that, subsequently, we're all going down the line that we will use bloodline as the basis for eligibility.
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Any change to this agreement needs to go through FIFA and the IFAB. The IFAB= representatives from each of the United Kingdom's pioneering football associations — England's Football Association (The FA), the Scottish Football Association (SFA), the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Northern Ireland's Irish Football Association (IFA) — and Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the international governing body for football. Each UK association has one vote and FIFA has four. IFAB deliberations must be approved by at least six votes. Thus, FIFA's approval is necessary for any IFAB decision, but FIFA alone cannot change the Laws of the Game; they need to be agreed by at least two of the UK members.
As such FIFA has to give the go ahead for Arteta or Almunia or anyone with no British heritage or schooling to play for England or any Home Nation. To grant that it'd pretty much mean the disbandment of the national associations and to form a GB team as FIFA views the Home Nations as it does the Basques and the only reason the Home Nations continue as they are is through their history and the fact they don't pick foreign players.
No need to thank me for educating you. Do you still think I know nothing about football GF?
But at the same time i think you may be exaggerating slightly when you say..."To grant that it'd pretty much mean the disbandment of the national associations and to form a GB team as FIFA views the Home Nations as it does the Basques and the only reason the Home Nations continue as they are is through their history and the fact they don't pick foreign players".Originally Posted by quote
Since if FIFA views the home nations as the they do the Basque's over in Spain. Then how did Marcos Senna get picked by Spain?. He didn't have spanish or basque home schooling or spanish heritage. Just gained Spanish residency & qualified to play for them.
But we shall see what happens, since there seems to be some confusion about this.
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