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De Gea given hope as Spain boss insists Kepa is not guaranteed first-choice goalkeeper

By CJ Smith

Published: 18:16, 8 September 2019 | Updated: 15:01, 20 September 2022

Roberto Moreno has insisted Kepa Arrizabalaga is not Spain’s outright first-choice goalkeeper, offering David de Gea hope of a return to international action.

The Chelsea stopper has started La Roja’s last four matches since Moreno replaced Luis Enrique in the hot seat, keeping two clean sheets and making a vital save in Spain’s 2-1 win over Romania on Thursday.

Can De Gea reclaim his Spain spot? Five things to know…

  • De Gea has 39 caps for Spain.
  • But he recently lost his place to Chelsea rival Kepa.
  • The Blues shot-stopper has kept four clean sheets in his last for Spain appearances.
  • However, Moreno insists he doesn’t have a concrete number one goalkeeper.
  • De Gea has made four errors leading to goals in the Premier League since the start of 2018/19.

De Gea has picked up 39 caps for Spain since making his debut in 2014 but a run of bad form with Manchester United has seen his place come under threat.

But Moreno has refused to rule out Kepa, De Gea or Roma’s Pau Lopez lining up between the sticks, insisting he doesn’t have a number one set in stone.

“I don’t have a starting goalkeeper,” he told a media conference. “It may or may not change.

“I keep the same message. All three are of the top level and I really want them to make my decision difficult.

“The three have trained at a very high level. I will not say if one is my preferred goalkeeper or not.”

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Spain have won all five their Euro 2020 qualifying games so far in Group F and up next is the Faroe Islands, a game which Moreno’s side are expected to win easily.

But the 41-year-old has insisted his side will show “maximum respect” to Lars Olsen and his players, taking the game one goal at a time.

“We must be honest and say that every team deserves respect,” he added.

“Thinking of scoring six goals is not football. We are going to try and score a goal and then, if we can, a second, but always with maximum respect.”