David de Gea has thanked his critics for keeping him motivated after his mistake allowed Croatia to beat Spain in their final Euro 2016 group game.
The goalkeeper was criticised after Spain’s defeat as he was beaten at his near post by Ivan Perisic in the 87th-minute after the ball took a slight deflection.
It was Spain’s first defeat at a European Championship since 2004 and many many were quick to point out De Gea’s weakness, but the Spaniard took to Twitter and refused to discourage the critics.
Sólo es derrotado el que pierde la ilusión. Gracias por las críticas, me motivan. A seguir luchando! pic.twitter.com/UPD2K3hiEC
— David de Gea (@D_DeGea) June 22, 2016
Croatia relied on counter-attacks when they played Spain as Vicente del Bosque’s side commit plenty of men forward, but it’s not something De Gea can be blamed for and the Spanish boss has also publicly backed de Gea after the game.
De Gea is United’s three-time player of the year and hasn’t put a foot wrong at Old Trafford, his performances have always been world-class and definitely deserves to be named as one of the best keepers in the world.
He’s been competing with Iker Casillias for the No.1 role but De Gea will be looking to cement his place on the side and a big fixture against Italy at the Stade de France on Monday would be the perfect opportunity to showcase his talent.