PHOTO: Manchester United star finally makes international debut

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Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea finally made his international debut for Spain as he came off the bench to replace Iker Casillas against El Salvador.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea finally became a full Spanish international last night as he replaced Iker Casillas for the final nine minutes during La Furia Roja's 2-0 win over El Salvador.

Given his fabulous ability, it has come as a surprise that it has taken the 23-year-old so long to break his duck, but his competition is like no other in world football.

Spain are currently in the midst of a 'Golden Generation'. With such depth in quality, they could probably field three teams at the World Cup which could go far.

The goalkeeping situation for the reigning European and world champions is no different, as Casillas, Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes, Diego Lopez and De Gea are all vying for that number one spot.

Due to the injury of Barcelona shot-stopper Valdes, United’s De Gea was chosen ahead of Lopez for Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad and it is no more than what he deserves.

Throughout the Premier League campaign, the former Atletico Madrid man was a rock between the sticks for the Red Devils, with one save in particular from Luis Suarez being named 'Save of the Season' by Match of the Day.

Happy to support Casillas at the World Cup and learn from his experience, De Gea still has a role to play this summer, and his maiden cap against El Salvador will surely be the first of many over the next decade.

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