Talking with Absolute Radio, Mikel was not giving much away. His lack of comment seemed to speak volumes: "I made my statement. When I say that if I would have the chance to play for England I will really consider that option, and as I say, the rules are really clear about it and I'm able to be eligible to play for England, so that's over."
When questioned if Fabio Capello had asked him to play for England Mikel replied "Not to me directly, no."
And if anyone from the England team had asked him he replied once again with the standard response "Not to me directly, no."
Listen to Blackpool vs Everton today on Absolute Radio extra - on DAB Digital Radio, 1215AM and online in the UK from 1.30pm. Tune in to listen to the full Mikel Arteta interview.
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