Spain fans want Manchester United star to start ahead of Casillas

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Spanish fans have voted in favour of Manchester United star David de Gea ahead of Iker Casillas.

Manchester United star David de Gea has won the vote of the Spanish public to replace goalkeeper Iker Casillas as Spain’s number one.

Real Madrid shot-stopper Casillas made a howler during Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifying clash with Slovakia as La Roja slumped to a 2-1 defeat.

Mistakes from the legendary goalkeeper have become more frequent over the past 18 months, and doubts have arisen in the Iberian Peninsula over his recent form.

De Gea, on the other hand, has been improving immensely with each passing month and his performances for Manchester United so far this campaign has mirrored his Player of the Year form from last season.

The Red Devils’ number one has only ever made two international appearances for the Spanish national team, but many observers now feel he is ready to dislodge Casillas as number one.

In a poll conducted by the Spanish newspaper Marca, a landslide 82% from more than 24,000 participants feel that the United shot-stopper should be in the first team for Spain’s visit to Luxembourg.

The 23-year-old former Atletico Madrid man has had success with the national team, helping the U17s win the 2007 European Championship and the U21 side win the same competition in 2011.

Despite making a seven minute cameo for Spain on 8 June, his long-awaited full international debut didn’t come until last month during the 1-0 friendly loss to France.

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