David De Gea has been backed by Vicente Del Bosque to become one of the best goalkeepers of his generation.
The Spain boss left De Gea out of his squad to face Finland in a World Cup qualifier and Chile in a friendly next week, instead deciding to stick with the experienced trio of Casillas, Valdes and Reina.
But he believes that De Gea will mark an era when he gets his opportunity in the future.
“I have been watching the Under-21s and De Gea is a goalkeeper who will mark an era,” Del Bosque said earlier in August.
“At the present I do not find a reason to change the goalkeepers. If Casillas, Valdes and Reina are here it is not because they are funny guys, but because they are good ‘keepers.
“At the Confederations Cup, the attention was focused on the goals because of Casillas’ situation and all worked well. They get on very well together, are good team-mates and I wanted to maintain the situation.”
Now that the 22-year-old is now too old to compete with the U21s, De Gea will have to wait to be called up to the senior squad for international football. He has had one call-up before and it is only a matter of time before he is called up on a permanent basis.
De Gea’s progress in the past 12 months has been nothing short of phenomenal. He would of been forgiven for still being slightly shaky after an up and down first year at Old Trafford but he was rock solid.
After a brilliant Premier League season, he was rightly named goalkeeper of the year and followed his fine domestic season up by winning the U21 European Championship in the summer.
His biggest obstacle to kick starting his Spain career is that Casillas is still only 32 which is relatively young for a goalkeeper. However, if he continues to progress at the speed he has done in the past year, Del Bosque will soon have no choice but to give De Gea a chance to prove himself with the senior Spain side.