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Monday 5 December 2016

Spain stand behind De Gea

David de Gea
David de Gea

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has the support of his team-mates ahead of their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic today despite being involved in an off-field controversy.

De Gea had always been expected to start the tournament ahead of long-time number one Iker Casillas but has been dragged into a scandal and has vehemently denied allegations in the Spanish media linking him to a prostitution case.

Defender Sergio Ramos conceded that De Gea's unwanted headlines had come as an unhappy surprise for the squad but said the entire team were behind the keeper.

"The controversy hasn't changed anything," Ramos said. "We will support our team mates whatever."

Group D: Spain v Czech Rep (2.0 TV3/UTV)

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