David de Gea

Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique has revealed how he dropped keeper David de Gea from this month’s squad over a phone call.

De Gea has been part of the Spanish national team since 2014 but was left out by Luis Enrique for this month’s friendlies with Albania and Iceland and Enrique told Marca that he called the player to explain the decision.

“David, I want to try other goalkeepers,” Enrique said in the call.

The Manchester United man has since said he appreciated the call and the honesty from his coach ut vowed to fight for his position ahead of the 2022 World Cup later this year.

In De Gea’s place, Enrique handed call ups to Athletic Club’s Unai Simon (his number one) as well as Brighton and Hove Albion’s Robert Sanchez and Brentford’s David Raya with Spain winning both games.

La Roja beat Albania 2-1 at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona on Saturday evening before following that up with a 5-0 thrashing of Iceland at Riazor in A Coruna on Tuesday night.


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