Arteta tells Everton fans: England not in my plans

Mikel Arteta is set to disappoint Everton fans pushing for him to commit to England.

The midfielder told evertonfc.com: "At the moment the idea of playing for England hasn't even crossed my mind.

"I have the desire to play with the Spain senior side.

"The truth is that it is an idea that has come about through the fans here. In England, legislation states that if you play five years in the country you can play for the England team.

"I've been here for four and so there's this possibility."

Similar suggestions have been made in the past with the likes of Carlo Cudicini and Manuel Almunia touted as potential England players.

"It's an idea similar to that which was talked about with Arsenal's Manuel Almunia," continued Arteta.

"I appreciate a lot the affection they are giving me and the campaign they are doing for me to play for England, but at the moment I am not planning anything.

"Since I have arrived in England the support of the fans has been constant and I value that a lot. I have played with all the categories of Spain and the hope is to play with the full side.

"I know that it is very difficult because there are players with a lot of quality but I will fight to achieve it."

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