LONDON: Any thoughts Arsenal's Edu harbours of one day playing for England must stay on the back burner unless the midfielder becomes a British citizen, the Football Association has said.
Frustrated at not being capped at senior level by his native Brazil, Edu says he may consider taking advantage of FIFA eligibility rules and switching his allegiance to England.
But the governing body of the game in Britain, the Football Association, insist they cannot even consider his case unless he were to be granted British citizenship.
“FIFA regulations say if you are a national of a country and have not represented another country at senior level, you may play for any other countries that you are eligible for,” a spokesman said.
“But Edu is not a British citizen, so this is a non-issue at the moment.”
The 25-year-old has been in outstanding form for Arsenal this season. On Monday he told British newspapers: “I know it would be possible for me to play for England – and I am thinking about that.
“Like every player I would like to be involved at international football. And if Brazil don't pick me, then why not?”
FIFA rules allow players who are uncapped at senior level to “change” nationality if they are granted citizenship in a country where they have been resident for two years or more, or have a parent or grandparent who qualifies them.