David De Gea received a richly deserved call-up to the Spanish national side last week from Vicente Del Bosque.
De Gea comes into the Spain side for the injured Casillas who has been ruled out of their 2014 World Cup qualifiers and the 22-year-old goalkeeper has been rewarded for his extremely impressive domestic form.
And De Gea admits that it is a “special time” for him to be called up to the senior squad and is looking forward to the opportunity to play alongside the world’s best.
Speaking to Marca, De Gea said: “It’s a shame Casillas can not be here. The captain is an idol for everyone but I’m happy to be here though it is for his injury.”
“I’m happy for the call. I’ll try to do my best and please Del Bosque.
“It was quiet with the U21s which also has a nice challenge but this time is special for me. I hope I enjoy it and learn from these players that are idols for many people and for me too.”
De Gea will play alongside Real Madrid players such as Alonso and Ramos but, despite being knocked out by Madrid in controversial circumstances, he does not feel it will cause any animosity.
“It’s water under the bridge. It was as a hard time but now happy to share team with them.”