Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea was left on the bench as Spain overcame England 2-0 in an international friendly.
Iker Casillas was preferred to De Gea and managed to keep a clean sheet against a whole host of Man United players on the pitch representing England. At 34 years of age, Casillas is still keeping his younger counterpart out of the team, something that will definitely worry De Gea ahead of the European Championships next summer.
The United stopper was the star of the show last time the Spanish national team met up, as he was on top form during their 1-0 win over Ukraine. De Gea made more saves than any other Spanish goalkeeper in any game and was named man of the match for his heroic performance. However, he will know that it amounts to nothing if he is not first choice in France in the summer.
There is no denying De Gea’s ability, especially in comparison with Casillas. The veteran ‘keeper has slightly lost his touch but seems to have rejuvenated his international career since his move to Porto. It would come as a shock to many if Casillas starts ahead of De Gea when the tournament eventually starts next June, with the United man regarded as one of the best in the world at present.
It could be that Vicente Del Bosque was simply offering Casillas the chance to showcase his talent and make a claim for a place in the side. De Gea would be the obvious choice to start and it will be interesting to see who gets the gloves for Spain’s next friendly against Belgium. The former Atletico Madrid man will want the opportunity to prove himself and show Del Bosque exactly why he deserves to be starting every game.