Kepa's save shows why he was selected ahead of David de Gea


For a goalkeeper that has been considered one of the best in the world for years, David de Gea has only represented his country 39 times.

Early in his career, he had to compete with the likes of Iker Casillas and Pepe Reina.

And now, following a drop of form at last year's World Cup, De Gea finds himself behind Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Kepa is four years younger than De Gea and was given the nod as Spain continued their qualification campaign for Euro 2020.

They faced a tough trip to Romania having won their first four matches.

And they made it five out of five with a tight 2-1 win in Bucharest.

Spain took a 2-0 lead thanks to a penalty from Sergio Ramos and Paco Alcacer’s strike.


But Romania hauled themselves back into the match with half an hour remaining through Florin Andone.

And it was a nervy final 10 minutes when Diego Llorente was sent off.

However, they held on - mainly thanks to Kepa’s heroics.

In injury-time, the Chelsea goalkeeper made a sensational save to preserve Spain’s lead.


And it shows exactly why he was selected ahead of De Gea - who recently made a horrible mistake in the Premier League during Manchester United’s defeat to Crystal Palace.

Following Kepa’s display against Romania, it seems De Gea will be remaining on Spain’s bench for the foreseeable future.


However, manager Robert Moreno has hinted that he may rotate his goalkeepers in the upcoming fixtures.

"If the goalkeepers are at the level that they have shown up to now, it's possible to alternate them," Moreno told reporters.

"I don't believe that in a national team it's crucial that the same goalkeeper plays all the games.

"I'm expectant but I don't see it as a debut having felt that way against the Faroe Islands and Sweden. I'm looking forward to the game and to do well."

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