Mikel Arteta has no intentions of sacrificing his nationality merely to play international football. The Spaniard could be eligible to play for England if he desired, but the former Barcelona midfielder’s heart is staying firmly with Spain.
‘It’s really hard and I don’t know if the chance will ever come,” said the Spaniard. “Maybe I’m not good enough. We have unbelievable players in my position who are playing for big teams.
‘In the World Cup final I think there were seven players from Barcelona in the team who play together every week.
“Iniesta is unbelievable. I have known him since he was 13 at Barcelona and you could see at that time he would be fabulous. We have so many more in that position too so it’s hard to get in.
‘But you need to have aims. If you don’t think you can do something then you’re never going to do it.
‘I still think I can do it. The coaches phoned me a few times after I did my cruciate. It’s a shame because I know I’ve been really close.
‘I’m still at a good age to achieve it but it is really tough.
“I don’t see any reason why I can’t get in the national team from playing for Everton.”