David de Gea breaks Gordon Banks’ 50-year record with Spain

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United’s David de Gea has broken a 50-year-old record set by Gordon Banks following Spain’s 3-0 win over Turkey at Euro 2016 on Friday.

De Gea kept his fifth clean sheet in a row in international matches against Turkey, breaking the record set by former England keeper Banks, which had stood for 50 years.

The 25-year-old had previously kept clean sheets against Luxembourg, Macedonia, Ukraine and Czech Republic before the match against Turkey.

Meanwhile, Banks went 442 minutes without conceding a goal in games against Uruguay, Mexico, France and Argentina and Portugal.

De Gea has cemented his status as one of the best goalkeepers in the world following some remarkable displays in recent years and it is good that he is now breaking records, too.

He seems to have established himself as Spain’s first choice keeper over Iker Casillas and De Gea will now be hoping to kick on with Spain during the rest of the Euros before returning to Man United to begin work with Jose Mourinho.

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