>
My tribe
As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Everton ace Arteta: I was ready to commit to England

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta admits he was ready to commit himself to England this season.

The Spaniard, however, says FIFA's new eligibility laws have ended his hopes.

"If it had been any other country I would have said no, but I've been over here for most of my career, it's my second home," he said. "My family are here, my kid's at nursery, I have everything. So I was really thinking seriously about it."

He considers FIFA Article 18.1a - which stipulates that any player who wants to switch to the second of his dual nationalities must have held that second nationality at the time he represented his original country at junior or Under-21 level - to be the end of the matter.

"It was an issue and now it's not any more, but at least it saves me from having to make a decision," Arteta said. "Rules are rules. We knew it wasn't going to be easy so that's it now."

 Click here for the best Everton coverage on the 'net. All your Toffees news and gossip in one spot.

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?