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Del Bosque defends Casillas' inclusion

Created on 19 Jun., 2013 9:32 PM GMT

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has denied suggestions favouritism is driving his selection of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

The Real Madrid captain spent the second half of the 2012/13 season on the bench after being dropped by Jose Mourinho, with Diego Lopez impressing in his place.

Casillas has made an immediate return to the Spain team for the Confederations Cup despite his lack of recent playing time, prompting Del Bosque to defend his decisions.

"We value a lot of things about him," he told Radio Marca.

"Because of certain details we included him as a starter. It's not a case of favouritism with Casillas. It's always a question of the team before players.

"I want to isolate clubs. Nobody can doubt Casillas' many matches. He deserves respect at the very least."

Andres Iniesta put in a man-of-the-match performance during Spain's 2-1 win over Uruguay on Sunday and Del Bosque is delighted with the Barcelona star's form.

"He's very comfortable when he's playing, very loose, very easy, very smooth and he's doing it all naturally," he said.

Roberto Soldado played as an orthodox striker against Uruguay - a departure from the false nine employed at Euro 2012 - and Del Bosque said he will practise rotation more in this tournament than in previous years.

"They will all have opportunities. There's going be more participation than in other tournaments."

Finally, the veteran coach said he is eager to face Spain's Euro 2012 final opponents Italy at the climax of the competition, should the two teams meet.

"I don't have any preference but a rematch against Italy would be nice."

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