Casillas in the dark

Iker Casillas insists he has no idea if he or David De Gea will start for Spain at Euro 2016, but Vicente del Bosque could shed light on the issue.

Casillas spoke to El Partido de las 12 on Monday and was asked if he had any inkling as to whether or not he would keep his place as La Roja’s No 1 and replied he didn’t.

However, it is noted on the front page of AS that Del Bosque usually installs the goalkeeper who plays the final friendly before a major tournament as first choice for the competition, and De Gea is expected to play against Georgia on Tuesday.

“I don’t know, that’s the truth. I have no idea. Everyone here thinks and believes we can play, of course. The 23 here are important for their clubs, starters mostly, and I think everyone who has come here believes they can help the Coach, but this is a decision for him,” AS quotes the captain as saying.

“I can’t intuit anything. Even having the most years here or to have played the most European Championship finals, I have no certainty or assurance I will play this tournament. That’s what I like, despite being 35 I still have the desire, the hope and the competitiveness.

“My first Euros comes to mind [2000], with [Santiago] Canizares and [Jose] Molina. I came from being a champion of Europe. In 2004, [Canizares] came from having won La Liga with Valencia and the UEFA Cup and we, in the era of the Galacticos, hadn’t won anything and there was a debate.

“In 2008, maybe there wasn’t so much but in 2010 and 2012 both Pepe Reina and Victor Valdes made things very complicated, and I agree there has always been a debate and I think it’s good for everyone.

“My last games for Spain? I don’t know! Maybe yes, maybe no. I have to analyse the situation. The day-to-day also influences it, but it’s a personal decision.”

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