Vicente del Bosque has warned that Spain “will take action” if David de Gea is found to not be in a fit state to represent the country at Euro 2016.
De Gea’s hopes of starting Spain’s European Championship opener against Czech Republic on Monday may have been harmed by his recent implication in the Torbe sexual-abuse case, and Del Bosque made it clear he would pay close attention to the Manchester United goalkeeper’s demeanour.
“We’ve arrived in good condition, despite the remoteness of our camp. We’re ready to start the tournament,” the Coach said at a Press conference.
“I’ll communicate the decision of the goalkeeper to everyone at the same time. These are situations that have been talked about all year.
“The final decision will be made on Monday. I don’t think that’ll add pressure on the goalkeepers. They’re mature and have passed puberty!
“If we see that [the De Gea scandal] undermines the capabilities of the player, we’ll take action. If that isn’t the case then we’ll act like we would without any problems.
“I haven’t noticed much difference from when we played the World Cup in Brazil. We trained well there, and in that sense there’s been no difference in our preparation.
“Living together has been very good, now we must transfer the experience and ability of our players into the team.
“We have good qualities and know how to compete, but there’s always the added uncertainty of a tournament.
“We have the same responsibility or more so to have a good tournament. The national team only play to win, that’s the reality.
“[Czech Republic] are organized, play good football and are good from set-pieces. They’re similar to Croatia and Turkey.
“We know that [the middle of the park] is vital for us to build [up play], to attack … We have very good, experienced players and those who are younger. They all have our confidence.
“I’ve always respected the start of a tournament. I’m not too nervous.
“[On the fan violence], they’re hooligans and unwanted in football. It seemed that we’d passed this, but no.”