Casillas may be out, but Reina could still be in line for even more international heartbreak. Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has also been called into the squad, and there's a real possibility he could start ahead of Reina in the two upcoming friendlies.
Given his seniority and commitment to the cause, this would be a massive kick in the teeth for Reina, but in all honesty, why call up De Gea to leave him on the bench? Del Bosque has seen Reina in a Spain shirt many times, and he'll surely want to run the rule over the United 'keeper.
The chances of Reina starting appear to be slim. His recent record for Spain doesn't make for encouraging reading:
* Only 4 starts in the last 26 internationals.
* All 4 starts came in meaningless friendlies
* Unused sub in 18 of the last 26 internationals.
Why has Reina struggled to become Spain's number one? Is there really a bias in favour of Real Madrid/Barcelona goalkeepers? Is he really a level below Casillas? Is he simply not trusted by Del Bosque?
One glaring reason seems to stand out: Reina does not play for the most successful team in his league. Casillas, and De Gea play for the the most successful teams in their respective leagues, and that can't be a coincidence. If Liverpool were league champions on a regular basis, I'm sure Reina's chances of being Spain's number one would be far greater.
Reina has made just one appearance for in the last 21 international tournament games, a run that saw Spain win two European Championships, and the World Cup. Watching that success from the bench must have some kind of psychological impact on him, and I wonder if that bleeds into his performances for Liverpool?
Ultimately, with Casillas out of the squad, it would surely be a personal embarrassment for Reina to find himself dumped on the bench again for Spain's two upcoming friendlies, especially if he's scrapped in favour of the comparatively inexperienced De Gea?
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