Warning shot for Manchester United keeper from international rival

David de Gea for Spain U21

Iker Casillas is not willing to give up the number one spot for Spain just yet.

Going into the last international break the debate was open as to whether Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea should take over the number one goalie spot for Spain.

Not long ago the Spanish national team was bereft of choice for their number one spot, with De Gea not getting a look in.

But with Victor Valdes suffering a serious injury and Pepe Reina not receiving regular game time at Bayern Munich that has changed.

The other problem is the form of their long-serving captain Iker Casillas - who appears to have hit a rut.

The Real Madrid stopper, who was second choice to Diego Lopez at Real last season, had a poor World Cup and many were questioning his suitability for the national team after his recent performances had proved so disastrous.

But for the recent qualifier against Slovakia Vicente Del Bosque stood by his keeper and it proved to be a mistake. His howler awarded Slovakia with a win against Spain - their first qualifying defeat in nine years.

So when the Luxembourg game crept up the form of De Gea, who had recently put in his best ever United performance against Everton, could no longer be ignored and he was given a starting place.

For many Spanish fans that should now be the status quo. Casillas' time is up, time for new blood.

But Casillas will not go down without a fight.

Despite being a big fan of De Gea he is also not willing to give up his number one spot without a fight, as these comments show:

"I won't last forever but, at the moment, I feel good and believe I can help my country qualify for the Euros.

"After you fail to win a game, all sorts of things go through your mind; you feel angry. It's like when you have an argument with your brother and you think 'I'll kill him', but you don't mean it. I want to keep playing for the national team for as long as possible while the gaffer wants me."

It will certainly be interesting to see who gets the nod when Spain face Belarus and Germany in November.

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