Manchester United starlet set to replace 155 cap superstar

David de Gea for Spain U21

The clamour for David De Gea to start Spain's next game at the World Cup is growing.

Yesterday was supposed to be the day Iker Casillas broke the clean sheet record at the World Cup. He needed to last until the 84th minute before he could celebrate - a landmark which would have seen him overtake Walter Zenga's previous record for streak without conceding.

However, by the 84th minute, Casillas had actually conceded five - and he could have done better with at least two of them.

The third goal, scored by Stefan de Vrij, saw him outstrengthed by Robin van Persie. RvP mugged him again for the fourth, capitalising on a poor touch to tuck into an empty net as the Real Madrid keeper looked on like a confused canary in his luminous strip.

After the game he accepted liability. The most capped man at the World Cup and the player who lifted the trophy as captain four years ago was humble in his uncharacteristic buffoonism.

But is it uncharacteristic?

Casillas is no longer number one stopper at Real Madrid. He plays cup matches only, after losing his place to Diego Lopez. And in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid recently he was poor - at fault for the first goal and almost allowing Los Colchoneros back into the game with another misjudged attempt to claim a floated cross.

He is the captain and their most experienced player - but reports across Spain are now suggesting his time might be up.

With a Manchester United star set to take his place. Pepe Reina of Liverpool is the official second choice, but the clamour is for David De Gea to get the chance.

The United man, only at the World Cup due to a knee ligament injury to Victor Valdes, made his debut for Spain just last week - featuring for nine minutes against El Salvador.

But he was United's player of the season and featured in 53 games for the club - over double the amount of Casillas.

So do not be surprised if De Gea starts Spain's next game - as winds of change whistle round the changing room.

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