David de Gea is not going to make the final Spain World Cup squad, with reports in his home nation stating that five other goalkeepers have been named in the initial 55-man group. Unai Simon and Robert Sanchez are ahead in the pecking order, and the latest squad indicates De Gea is even farther back. Brentford‘s David Raya is also expected to be on the plane to Qatar. According to the Daily Mail, De Gea failed to make Spain’s 55-man provisional squad a few weeks to the World Cup. Despite the squad’s big size, the United shot-stopper misses out, with three other Premier League goalkeepers picked instead. The former Barcelona boss has picked five goalkeepers in the 55-man list, but United number one is not one of them. 

De Gea established himself as Spain number one at Euro 2016, having already proven himself as arguably the best goalkeeper around over the preceding two years because of his club form. He barely missed an international game for the next two years, but a sub-par 2018 World Cup resulted in the United stopper being benched by La Roja by the end of that calendar year. De Gea continued to be call up for the national team but found himself fall down the pecking order, initially behind Kepa Arrizabalaga and then Unai Simon.Spanish publication AS reports that the three goalkeepers due to be named in the final squad are Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon, Brighton’s Robert Sanchez and Brentford’s David Raya. The options behind those three are Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has come back into form of late, and Getafe’s David Soria. But they will only make the squad if injury hits one of the three preferred stoppers.

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