Unwanted Liverpool goalkeeper leaves Manchester United number one in the cold

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David De Gea is once again overlooked for Spain, with loaned out Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina of Napoli getting the nod.

While Roy Hodgson is left wondering how badly the performance against Bayern Munich will affect Joe Hart ahead of the World Cup qualifiers next week - Vicente del Bosque has a very different concern, which world class goalkeeper do I include in my squad?

He has his captain and Real Madrid stopper Iker Casillas, who has not been playing for Los Blancos. The man who has been the Madridista custodian is Diego Lopez, and he has been in tremendous form - as has Victor Valdes at Barcelona.

Meanwhile, in Italy, a goalkeeper that Brendan Rodgers didn’t want this season has been reborn.

Pepe Reina has had an incredible start to his career in Serie A since joining Napoli for a season on loan this summer.

He recently became the first person to save a Mario Balotelli penalty, and he is now being linked with replacing Victor Valdes at Barcelona next summer, as the Catalan stopper looks for a fresh challenge elsewhere.

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In the end Del Bosque could not drop the captain, so he stood by Casillas. Lopez’s time at international level has passed, so he stuck with Valdes. The other decision was to either pick a player Liverpool didn’t want this season, or Manchester United’s number one goalkeeper.

David de Gea was expected by some to receive the call-up, but Reina’s form has once again outdone the need for young hands in the goalkeeper department - leaving the United man out in the cold once again.

Essentially the third-choice keeper spot makes you a training partner for the upcoming meeting of the national team. The chances of playing are slim, but you are still needed throughout the week.

But when you are called up to the Spain squad, in a World Cup season, you are looking at becoming a world champion in the summer such is their dominance of world football in recent years.

For De Gea that looks as unlikely now as it ever did, with Reina, Valdes and Lopez in the form of their lives and Casillas an undroppable icon of the Spanish game.

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