It took a while, but the 23-year-old David De Gea finally made his debut with his Spain national team.
While the present, and future of the Manchester United goal-posts De Gea was kept on the back-burner by the Spanish national team as Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes were the nations top goalkeepers, De Gea didn’t just sit and wait. He kept busy by winning the U17 and U21 European championships with Spain.
De Gea has been called up by Spanish national team coach Vicente Del Bosque several times in the past, but until last night he has never left the bench. The moment came in the 82nd minute, in a Spain’s final World Cup warm up match against El Salvador in Washington D.C. De Gea came in for Casillas.
Spain won the match 2-0.
The 2014 World Cup will be De Gea’s first major tournament.
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