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12/24/07 8:50 AM
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threeeleven
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Edited: 24-Dec-07
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am i missing something? how is he eligible? http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12010_3003528,00.html Wenger - Almunia for England Arsenal manager backs Spaniard for England call-up Arsene Wenger has advised new England boss Fabio Capello to call on goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. The Arsenal shot-stopper has previously outlined his keenness to represent England, and he has now received the backing of Arsenal manager Wenger. The Spaniard will be eligible to play for England through residency rules next year, and his boss' support follows an excellent penalty save in Saturday's north London derby success. Almunia, who joined The Gunners from Celta Vigo in 2004, has made 22 appearances so far this season after some impressive displays which have forced Jens Lehmann to occupy the substitutes' bench. Experience And with the England No.1 jersey currently up for grabs, Wenger believes Capello should take advantage of Almunia's emergence as a reliable keeper. "I could only advise you to take advantage of it and call him up for the England squad," he said in The Sun. "Almunia came here without a CV so he had to make a name with his performances. It was not easy because he had to get experience at a big club. "I knew he was good but how could he be Arsenal's keeper? Only by playing. He had never played for a big club before and made some mistakes, but he has gained confidence and calmness. He is a good keeper. Under pressure "Everyone makes mistakes. (Manchester United boss) Van der Sar makes mistakes. "But it was more difficult for Almunia because he was already under pressure from an outstanding goalkeeper (Lehmann) behind him. "That was a tough test. If you play bad games, you are under pressure immediately."
12/24/07 11:20 AM
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He's been in England since '04. I believe after 5 years residency you are eligible for citizenship, which would be next year for him. He's never been capped by Spain at the senior level, so if he chooses to take English citizenship then he would be eligible to play for England
12/24/07 5:11 PM
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ok i guess the question now is if he would be accepted by the england fans? he's a lot less english than owen hargreaves and he gets stick
1/3/08 7:26 AM
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LOL @ MA24 representing England - and that's from a Gooner......
1/7/08 2:35 AM
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So even if he became a British Citizen, you wouldn't recognise his right to play for the national team? Does that mean you don't recognise people who have immigrated to the UK and taken citizenship as being really British because their parents weren't?
1/8/08 7:04 AM
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"So even if he became a British Citizen, you wouldn't recognise his right to play for the national team?" I would recognise his right to play but would dispute his talent to play..... :-)

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