Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has stated that he is still in good form and can play at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The 35-year old legendary goalkeeper has a remarkable career with a record 167 caps for his country. He served as second choice goalkeeper at this year Euro.
Julen Lopetegui signed Casillas for Porto in 2015, and he had hoped to be the first choice for the team. However, David De Gea had taken the spot light leaving Casillas as plan B. Speaking to Porto Canal he revealed that he is still very much fit and will perform well at the 2018 World Cup.
“I have never given up, to avoid problems I stepped aside. Lopetegui told me that he was going to bet on David De Gea and I accepted it, but I haven’t left the Spanish national team yet. Why can’t I play at the World Cup in Russia?
“I played the entire qualification phase for the Euro and it was decided to make De Gea the first-choice [for the tournament]. The dream hasn’t been taken away. I look good. If I had been playing poorly I’d be the first to say it,” he said.
So far, he has proved his relevance at the 2016/17 Portuguese Liga, conceding only 6 goals in 14 games. His outstanding performance was instrumental to secure Porto a spot in the UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16.
The goalkeeper first made his mark in 1999 when he helped the Spain U-20 team win the FIFA U-20 World Cup, with the likes of Carlos Marchena and Xavi. He then made his debut into the senior team the following year.
Spain leads Group G in the race for World Cup 2018, placing above Italy on goal difference and Israel by one point. They are scheduled to play against Israel in March, followed by a friendly encounter with France.