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David de Gea shocked he was picked ahead of Iker Casillas

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Manchester United star David de Gea has admitted he was shocked at being picked ahead of Iker Casillas for Spain’s recent friendly defeat to France, but was unsure if he would be holding on to the number one jersey.

Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, the Old Trafford number one said her was incredibly proud to have been given the not in the friendly and insisted he was ready to work as hard as possible to maximise his chances of retaining the spot in the starting XI.

Unexpected nod

"I found out that I was going to start against France in the pre-match team talk. I was a little surprised, but also happy,” he said in the interview, which is quoted by Marca.

In response to being asked whether he thinks he would stay number one for the next match, he said: "We'll have to see what happens; it's the gaffer's call. I have to train as well as possible and give a good account of myself."

There will be no prizes for guessing who Manchester United fans think should be being picked for Spain’s first Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia on Monday evening.

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Silver lining

The former Atletico Madrid man was one of the few positives from a miserable Premier League season last term, which saw them drop out of the Champions League places.

Another factor to consider is the criticism Casillas has been receiving over the past season or two in relation to his form for Real Madrid, which saw him dropped for all league matches last term.

The Santiago Bernabeu legend was also at fault for some of the goals conceded by La Roja during their terrible World Cup campaign and many will believe his time as first choice is up.

Supportive words

Despite this, his counterpart at Manchester United was not about to write his teammate off, insisting that Casillas was not past it and still had plenty of years left in him.

"He's young for a keeper and still has plenty of good years left,” added De Gea

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