Madrid - David De Gea is hoping to win back his place in
goal at Manchester United after he played his first competitive match this
season in Spain's 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory away to Macedonia on
Coach Vicente del Bosque gave De Gea a vote of confidence by
selecting him ahead of captain Iker Casillas for the match in Skopje, when
Spain's comfortable win thanks to an own goal put the holders two points clear
at the top of Group C and close to securing their berth at the finals in France
De Gea's planned move to Real Madrid fell through in
farcical fashion last week when the paperwork was delivered too late and United
coach Louis van Gaal has not used him this season while the transfer sage
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"I felt good, I really wanted to play," De Gea,
who had little to do during the game, told Spanish television.
"Now I need to keep working and see if I have some good
fortune at my club as well," added the 24-year-old former Atletico Madrid
"My future will be the same as now: remain calm, keep
working and improving. In concrete terms, enjoy my football. I am happy."
Spain, who have not conceded a goal in six qualifiers, lead
the section on 21 points, two ahead of Slovakia who were held to a 0-0 draw at
home on Tuesday by an Ukrainian side further three points behind in third.
The nine group winners and runners-up and best third-placed
side qualify directly, while the eight remaining third-placed teams contest
playoffs for the last four spots.
Chasing a third straight continental triumph, Spain can make
sure of their place with a home win over Luxembourg on Oct. 9 before they play
in Ukraine three days later.
Although Spain enjoyed a comfortable win against
bottom-placed Macedonia, Del Bosque, who fielded a weakened team, was not happy
with the performance.
"We have to recognise that we did not play well,"
he told a news conference.
"We could single out individuals but the right thing to
do is to admit there was a general dip in our play.
"After the goal we were very static, slow, on the back
foot and lacking in depth."
"They did not dominate us but we were not comfortable
and they had the odd chance on the counter attack."For
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