Santiago Canizares backs David de Gea to be Spain's number one at Euro 2016

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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea should be Spain's undisputed number one while Iker Casillas should play no part in Euro 2016.

That is according to former Spain international Santiago Canizares who spoke out on Spanish radio in support of the Red Devils shot-stopper.

Speaking in quotes republished by AS, the former Real Madrid and Valencia goalkeeper was quizzed on the subject of who should be first choice for Spain going into the European Championship in France.


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"De Gea should have been Spain's number one for a while now," he said.

"He has been far outperforming Casillas."

Canizares did not mince his words when it came to Casillas either, having represented Spain alongside the Porto goalkeeper back in his playing days.

"I wouldn't take him [Casillas] to be a substitute [at the European Championship], but there's no doubt that De Gea should be number one,” he said.

Casillas was responsible for a number of glaring errors during Spain's disastrous group stage exit at the 2014 World Cup.

Casillas' time is up

Sold by Real Madrid to Porto last summer, the Spaniard's form in Portugal has proven erratic to say the least with the ex-Los Blancos man once again guilty of making a number of notable mistakes in the league and Champions League.

Canizares and Casillas both came through the ranks at Real Madrid, while it was Casillas who was chosen as Spain's first choice goalkeeper at the 2002 World Cup after Canizares was ruled out following a bizarre injury in the build-up to the tournament.

A two-time Champions League finalist and La Liga winner with Valencia, the Spaniard was forced to withdraw from La Roja's squad for the tournament in Japan and South Korea after severing a tendon in his foot after standing on a broken aftershave bottle in his hotel room.

Casillas stepped in and has remained in the Spanish national team ever since.

However, with De Gea continuing to garner praise for his match-winning displays at Manchester United, the calls for the Red Devils shot-stopper to replace Casillas are only increasing.


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