Iker Casillas: Is it time he was dropped?

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Real Madrid and Spain captain Iker Casillas celebrated a landmark appearance after collecting his 150th cap for his national side.

However, Despite not making a single appearance for Real Madrid this season, manager Vicente Del Bosque opted to retain the goalkeeper even after making other changes in the starting line up.

Casillas is now level 12th with Lothar Matthäus on the all time list of international caps, a list topped by Egyptian legend Ahmed Hassan, who had won 184 caps upon his retirement. This means Casillas only needs 35 caps to become the most capped player ever at international level.

Casillas is currently being benched in favour of compatriot Diego Lopez, who joined Real Madrid from Sevilla after the regular number one broke his hand in January this year. Lopez has only ever made one appearance for Spain, replacing Pepe Reina for the last 30 minutes of a 3-2 victory over Macedonia on the 12th August, 2009.

As captain, should he continuously get selected at the expense of excellent keepers playing regular first team football like Diego Lopez or David De Gea? Even if he is brought into the squad as captain, should the starting berth not be occupied by a keeper like Victor Valdes or Pepe Reina who are playing week in, week out?

Apparently, Del Bosque does not seemed to concerned about his lack of game at the moment: "At this stage of the season it's not a problem that Iker hasn't played,"

"He comes from a pre-season during which he had minutes on the pitch, he is working well in training and he was at an excellent level in our latest sessions. We will see what happens in the future."

Admittedly, keepers can stay fit despite not playing too many games but should his lack involvement continue, then surely change must occur. However, Del Bosque is also quick to point out the role Casillas played in mediating peace between the Real Madrid and Barcelona players as tensions grew during Jose Mourinho's spell in charge at the .

"We are obliged to remember some things and we cannot forget what happened because they were difficult moments for the national team and Iker helped a great deal," he said.

Nevertheless, should Casillas deserve to get continuously called up even he does not play regularly for Real Madrid? Or should more deserving keepers get the nod despite having less influence over the team?

All in all, Spain normally dominate their games and their keepers are not troubled very often, with heavy competition in forward and midfield places perhaps the goalkeeping issue may be a minor one. 

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