Del Bosque: Iker Casillas is ready to play

Del Bosque: Iker Casillas is ready to play


Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has said Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is ready to play for his country in the Confederations Cup despite losing his position as number one at the Bernabeu.

The World Cup-winning goalkeeper has not played for Los Blancos after suffering a hand injury in January and then being kept out of the side by Diego Lopez.

But del Bosque said he has complete faith in the national team’s captain, and picked him in the squad ahead of the former Villareal stopper.

Speaking at a press conference, the 62-year-old said: “We are certain he is in good form. We spoke in France and since then I haven’t spoken to him, but I’m sure he is fine. He is one of our own.”

He added naming a preliminary squad of 26 for the tournament, which starts on June 15, was a near impossible task.

“I’ve said before that it’s impossible to include every player that deserves a place. You could just as easily ask why we didn’t include Imanol Agirretxe, that lad from Betis, Ruben Castro, Iago Aspas, and Michu,” he stated.