Iker Casillas was the captain and played in the losses to the Netherlands and Chile, and that defeat to the South Americans turned out to be his final match of the World Cup.

Casillas revealed his feelings about the World Cup 2014

Iker Casillas revealed his feelings after being dropped for Spain’s 2014 World Cup final, with Pepe Reina starting the game against Australia after Spain had already been eliminated. Casillas was the captain and played in the losses to the Netherlands and Chile, and that defeat to the South Americans turned out to be his final match of the World Cup. “I think some of us have earned the right to at least be the one who decides whether or not we will be part of the team,” he said.

David De Gea became a starter in Euro 2016

“Considering that I’ve been with Vicente del Bosque for eight years. Plus four years at Real Madrid and the fact that he has known me since I was nine years old. I think it would have been possible to explain it in one minute. It is possible even if the person disagrees”. Casillas did not retire then, although, even if he never played in a World Cup again. He played some matches with La Roja, but David de Gea became a starter in Euro 2016. Having made it to the final group match at Euro 2016, Spain were already through but faced Croatia to decide which side of the draw they would go to. There was talk of letting Casillas play that game, but De Gea ultimately kept his spot. And Spain’s 2-1 defeat meant they had to face Italy in the final 16, a match they lost.

“When I was asked about the playing the Croatia match, I said it was best to stick with David,” explained Casillas. “I didn’t think I was qualified to play this third match. Winning meant going to one side of the rally and losing to the other. It is as good as I said no, because if we lost that game with me as we did 2-1 in reality. Then we would have to face Italy, and I’m sure that, like in the final in Lisbon or the World Cup in Brazil. People would criticize me and say that the loss was because Del Bosque chose Casillas.”