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De Gea stakes claim for Spain No.1 spot

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has wasted little time trying to impress his national team coaches, after being called up to Spain's provisional 22-man squad for the 2012 London Olympics.

The 21-year-old has spent the best part of the off-season watching first-choice stopper and La Roja captain Iker Casillas impress at Euro 2012 earlier this summer, as Vicente Del Bosque's record-breaking side went on to lift the trophy in Poland and Ukraine.

And, with Liverpool's Pepe Reina and Barcelona's Victor Valdes already in reserve, De Gea knows that competition for the No.1 spot is as fierce as ever. So, he will be doing everything he can to show what he can do if, as expected, he is selected for Spain at the Games later this month.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is unlikely to be pleased about the former Atletico Madrid man's inclusion, but will have to face up to the fact that his 2012-13 pre-season plans will be somewhat disrupted with further first-team players like Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley also taking part.

Luis Milla's squad are one of the pre-tournament favourites to win Olympic gold, thanks to the inclusion of high-profile stars like De Gea, Jordi Alba, Juan Mata and Javi Martinez.

Taking part in a light training session on Saturday, De Gea was spotted taking free-kick practice shots. After firing his first attempt high over the bar, the United stopper successfully curls an effort into the corner.

Is this a sign of things to come? Keep your eyes peeled for more goalscoring goalkeepers at the Olympics this summer!

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