Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque has praised the excellent David de Gea for his form at Manchester United.
Iker Casillas has captained Spain for their successful Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 campaigns and has been the uncontested number one for his country but De Gea is now breathing down his neck for the coveted No.1 spot.
Casillas’ disappointing showing at the World Cup in Brazil and De Gea’s incredible form at Old Trafford leaves Del Bosque with a very difficult decision and he’s happy to have both goalkeepers.
“They’re both playing at the highest level”, del Bosque told Radio Marca.
“I have the utmost respect for Iker, but that’s not to stop David, who is playing excellently at Manchester.
“What is important is that we have two goalkeepers at the top level, either can play and we are sure he will do very well.”
“The most important thing is that everyone is willing to come, that no player comes reluctantly, but with the greatest enthusiasm to try to play in the team.”
For me there is no question any more that De Gea should be ahead of Casillas in the pecking order but loyalty and a bond that goes back over Spain’s most successful period in international tournaments, as well as their time together at Real Madrid, clearly goes a long way.
Heading into Euro 2016, all De Gea can do is continue to be a brilliant goalkeeper for United. If he keeps that form up then Del Bosque will have no choice but to start him and if he doesn’t then the only team who’ll be losing out then are Spain.