De Gea faces axe from Spain line-up ahead of World Cup knockout stages

Spain have conceded five goals at the World Cup so far and they could be about to change their first-choice goalkeeper to help solve their defensive issues.

David de Gea may be the best goalkeeper in the world, but we would be lying if we said his World Cup was going to plan on an individual scale.

For Spain, they can rest now knowing they’ve qualified for the knockout stages but will there be another keeper between the posts for the remainder of their tournament?

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick past De Gea in the opening group game and the Spanish no.1 made a blunder for the second of those goals.

While he kept a clean sheet against Iran, De Gea conceded twice against Morocco on Monday night, in a game, he made his first save of the tournament.

According to AS, Spain stand-in coach Fernando Hierro is looking to prevent individual errors in his defence, especially from the shot-stopper, therefore, De Gea’s position could be in threat.

Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague claims there are also questions about some aspects of De Gea’s game.

“Nobody is questioning the fact he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” Balague told Sky Sports.

“But everybody goes through ups and downs in form. What we’re seeing at the moment is a David de Gea not happy coming out from his goal-line, and the Spain goalkeeper has to be happy with that. He hasn’t seemed confident enough with his distribution, and of course having conceded that goal against Cristiano Ronaldo, his confidence seems to be low and impacting the defenders.”

We hope De Gea keeps his place with Spain and clears all the rustiness before returning to United. 


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