Almunia reveals English support

Arsenal goalkeeper considering allegiance to England

Almunia: Considering England

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Manuel Almunia is considering his international future after receiving support to represent England.

The Arsenal goalkeeper was born in Spain but will qualify for a British passport at the end of the year.

He is keen to play at international level but does not feel it is a realistic option for Spain, who have Iker Casillas and Jose Reina available to them.

Almunia has previously suggested he could be persuaded to switch allegiance and he has been heartened by the backing he has had.

"I haven't been called to play for Spain and I'm getting a lot of support here (England) so it's something to consider," Almunia told Veo TV.

"I only look at this issue from a sporting side, it has nothing to do with feelings nor rejecting my identity because I'm probably more Spanish than some of those in the Spanish national team.

"I only say I am getting support here to play at international level and in Spain this is impossible as they have two of the best goalkeepers in the world.

"So if a door was to open for me to play at international level, I don't say I would take it but I would study the situation to see what consequences it would have."

The England goalkeeping position remains wide open after Paul Robinson and Scott Carson both made costly mistakes in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.