David de Gea is ready and prepared for Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg on Friday.
The Manchester United goalkeeper is tipped to start in goal ahead of Iker Casillas and given that it is a Euro 2016 qualifier, it would be a significant step if Vicente Del Bosque did decide to play him.
For all his superb form for Man United over the last two years, De Gea has still been unable to become Spain’s No.1 but the goalpost may well have shifted after a turbulent summer.
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) October 8, 2015
The fact Casillas played for Real Madrid gave him a huge advantage over De Gea but that has now been taken away from him. Playing at Porto means Del Bosque won’t be persuaded simply on the merit that he was playing in Spain. That should play into De Gea’s hands.
However, the more critical part is Del Bosque’s loyalty to Casillas – a keeper who captained his multi-trophy winning Spain side. His longstanding relationship with Casillas could mean he still keeps him in goal over De Gea and pushes club form to one side.
In the long-term, De Gea will become Spain’s No.1 – that is a certainty – but when that transition will happen still remains to be seen.