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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 December 2007, 19:26 GMT
Almunia open to England call-up
Manuel Almunia in action in training
Almunia saved a penalty in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Spurs
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has not ruled out the possibility of representing England in the future.

The 30-year-old has yet to be capped by Spain and will qualify to play for England in a year's time having spent four years with the north London club.

"They (Spain) have never, never called me," said Almunia.

"If other people want me, I have to study my situation and take a decision because it is good for me - I will not close myself to anything."

Almunia has been in impressive form having kept 11 clean sheets in 22 games this season, relegating Germany international Jens Lehmann to the substitutes' bench.

In England the people are more passionate and the people here are more humble

Manuel Almunia

But his performances have yet to convince Spain manager Luis Aragones, who has a plethora of world-class goalkeepers at his disposal, including Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, Valencia's Santiago Canizares and Liverpool's Pepe Reina.

Almunia's admission could give new England manager Fabio Capello a further option to explore as he looks for a long-term solution to the goalkeeping dilemma.

"I always say I have to wait to see what is happening at that moment, or which goalkeeper England has, or which goalkeeper Spain has, look at the situation and take a decision," said the Pamplona-born keeper.

"It would be a big decision but I wouldn't care if I had two days to take it."

Almunia said he has been overwhelmed by the support of the Arsenal fans ever since he joined the club from Celta Vigo in 2004.

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"If you give them a little thing I think they love you, and that's fantastic. That doesn't happen in Spain, no," he said.

"That's because in England the people are more passionate and the people here are more humble.

"If they receive something, even a little thing, they give you double. For a player that's unbelievable."



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