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Almunia may apply for passport

Spanish goalkeeper weighs up international options

Last Updated: 25/03/09 5:08pm

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Almunia: Passport poser

Almunia: Passport poser

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Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is considering applying for a British passport after again failing to rule out the possibility of playing for England.

The Spaniard joined the Gunners from Celta Vigo in July 2004, and so under residency laws would soon be eligible to apply to become a naturalised British citizen.

Almunia may feel he stands more of a chance of being called up to represent England, with the likes of Iker Casillas and Jose Reina currently Spain's first-choice shot-stoppers.

The 31-year-old told Arsenal's official website: "People are asking this question now because I have been in England for five years and am able to apply for a passport.

"I am taking in the information, what I need to do for a passport. I think, for January next year, maybe I can have the permission.

"Maybe I will get a passport, then after, if I get the call-up [from England], I will think about this."

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