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Arsenal’s Almunia to become England number one?

Could Manuel Almunia hold the key to England’s chances of winning the 2010 World Cup? The BBC report that the Arsenal goalkeeper is close to obtaining British citizenship and, with a Spain call-up looking unlikely, he’s open to an approach from Fabio Capello.

“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.

“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.”

Goalkeeping has been one of England’s biggest problem areas in recent years. Tottenham’s Paul Robinson has proved largely unconvincing for the national team, David James has been dismissed as too erratic, while Scott Carson had a match to forget against Croatia.

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