Almunia cools England talk

13 January 2008 12:08
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has denied reports from Italy that he is desperate to force his way into the England set-up in the near future. The 30-year-old Spaniard will qualify for a British passport later this year and had been quoted as saying that he was keen to secure a call-up from new national team manager Fabio Capello. However, Almunia told AS: "They've said that I have publicly commented that I was going to start the process of becoming an England national. "I never said anything about that and neither have I announced anything to the Italian media. "The media talk about me being called up a lot because England didn't reach the European Championships, but I haven't heard anything. "I would prefer to hear the Spanish anthem than the England one, but it's also true that the time of patriotism and really feeling a national anthem has somewhat gone out of fashion. "It matters more what you owe a country or the people of that country. "I owe everything to Spain on a personal level, but professionally I can't put a price on what has happened to me in England."

Source: ESA