Manchester United star David de Gea has been the subject of a bizarre saga regarding his Spain career, after the president of the national federation (RFEF) sent him a message about the goalkeeper having retired from international football.
De Gea established himself as Spain’s number one at Euro 2016 and held the role until a poor 2018 World Cup led to him being dropped by the end of the year. He hasn’t played for his country in just over two years and hasn’t even been called up at all since last November.
Despite improved club form, the 32-year-old was reported not to have even made Luis Enrique’s list of five goalkeepers in a 55-player preliminary Spain squad. Unai Simon, David Raya and Robert Sanchez got the nod, with Kepa Arrizabalaga and David Soria in contention as back-ups.
Journalist Jose Alvarez appeared on El Chiringuito to shed some light on why De Gea has been out of the picture, explaining that the player received a call from Enrique informing him that he would no longer be considered for international duty.
It was described as a ‘technical decision’, in other words the coach considers other goalkeepers a better fit for his preferred system. De Gea is said to have asked the specific reason but was not given one. Then the situation became really weird.
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It is claimed that RFEF president Luis Rubiales sent a message to De Gea that read something like, “David I am glad that you have finally made the decision you have been thinking about. I have already been told that you are leaving the national team.”
De Gea was understandably surprised because he hadn’t retired from international football.
He replied: “There is no renunciation of anything, who has told you that I renounce anything? The coach has told me that he is not going to count on me, but I have never renounced the national team, nor do I intend to do so, that is if I am called up.”
Marcus Rashford pays tribute to late friend with goal celebration
Marcus Rashford has revealed that his celebration following his first goal against Wales was a tribute to a friend who’d recently passed away.
The Man Utd man was in electric form for the Three Lions on Tuesday evening, scoring a brace and catapulting himself to the top of the tournament goalscoring charts in the process. In scoring his second and third goal in Qatar, Rahsford became the first Man Utd player to score three goals at a World Cup for England since Sir Bobby Charlton achieved the feat way back in 1966.
Speaking after the game to the press, Rashford revealed that he pointed to the sky following his first goal in order to pay tribute to his friend who passed away following a long battle with cancer:
“I lost one of my friends a couple of days ago. He had quite a long battle with cancer. I’m pleased I scored for him, he was a big supporter and good friend of mine. He was someone who came into my life.”
Rashford also gave an assessment of the game itself and his overall performance stating: “I fancied a free-kick in the first half, but the one in the second half was in a better position. From there it’s about being calm and executing what you do in training. They don’t go in often but I was glad it did today.
“It’s a great feeling. We were a bit disappointed after the USA game, and the only way to bounce back is to have a good performance in your next game; I thought we did it. It was just about taking the chances when they came.”
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Tottenham ask Inter about availability of key player
Tottenham Hotspur have made enquiries to Inter over right wing-back Denzel Dumfries, 90min understands.
Spurs are on the hunt for reinforcements at wing-back, with 90min previously reporting that one of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty could be sold in January, while a loan move for Djed Spence looks likely.
On their list of targets is Dumfries, who is currently at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Inter need to sell one star player by the end of the season to help ease their financial woes.
It was previously thought that Milan Skriniar would be the man to make way, but he will either sign a new contract or leave for free when his current deal expires at the end of the season.
Instead, Inter will look to sell Dumfries in January and loan him back for the rest of the season, though Spurs would push to take him off their hands straight away.
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In addition to Tottenham, Chelsea are also interested in the Dutchman, and this could drive Dumfries’ price up.
Dumfries signed for Inter in 2021 as a replacement for the outgoing Achraf Hakimi, whose sale partly contributed to the exit of current Spurs head coach Antonio Conte.
He scored five goals from wing-back in his debut season at San Siro and has found the net twice more this term.
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