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David De Gea sweating over Spain place at Euro 2020 as Enrique refuses to name Man Utd ace as No1

DAVID DE GEA is being made to sweat in the scorching Seville sunshine.

Spain boss Luis Enrique refused to say whether the erratic Manchester United keeper will start tonight's Group E tie against Sweden.

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Asked who will be between the sticks, Enrique said: "I've already answered this question. It will be David De Gea... Robert Sanchez or Unai Simon - one of those three!"

De Gea, 30, is not the only one feeling the heat in Seville.

The city is in the midst of a heatwave, with the pitchside temperature expected to be 30°C when the match kicks off at 9pm local time.

Enrique said: "There will be many factors in the match, with the heat being one of them.

"We have been training in Madrid at the hottest point of the day in a bid to recreate the temperature we are being told to expect in Seville.

"I hope that means we will still be able to play the match at a decent tempo."


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Spain were knocked out in the last 16 five years ago having won the previous two tournaments.

And Enrique agreed it is time for his country to become a force once again.

He said: "I would love that and I’m convinced it will be the case.

"And I will continue to be convinced until I see evidence to the contrary. I am an optimist.

"Our first target is to get out of the group and then we will see if we can get past the round of 16."

Spain’s preparations have been hit by a Covid outbreak which has sidelined captain Sergio Busquets and led to the whole squad being vaccinated.

But stand-in skipper Jordi Alba said: "We're all in perfect shape, both physically and mentally, and are looking forward to playing this match."

Spain finished above Sweden in their qualifying group, beating them 3-0 in Madrid in June 2019 before drawing 1-1 in Solna four months later.

Swedes boss Janne Andersson said: "We know we need to get a result this time.

"We cannot take that much from our matches against them in the qualifiers. We have a gameplan but the players have to step up."

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