Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has revealed he decided to pick David de Gea in goal for the game against Luxembourg before Iker Casillas conceded two against Slovakia.
The Real Madrid stopper was part of the Spain side that slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat away to Slovakia on Thursday, and when the Manchester United star took his place for Sunday’s match against Luxembourg, many assumed it was in response to that setback.
However, in comments published by Spanish broadsheet El Confidencial, Del Bosque admitted he already knew De Gea would get the nod before the first of the two encounters.
“I had decided which goalie would play regardless of what happened on Thursday,” he said.
“De Gea, or any other who deserves it, will play.”
And so it proved, with the United ‘keeper keeping a clean-sheet in the 4-0 win and many believing it is time he takes over permanently from the Real veteran.
Only time will tell if that proves to be the case, but with Del Bosque seemingly already prepared to give De Gea a chance regardless of what happened against Slovakia, it seems the United star’s performances have not gone unnoticed. How could they? He’s been superb.