19/03/2013 17:30, Report by A Marshall and J Tuck

De Gea proud of "big step"

David De Gea feels that his call-up to the Spain squad for the World Cup qualifiers is a "big step" in his career.

The current Player of the Month has been rewarded for his fine form between the posts with a place in Vicente del Bosque's plans for the matches against Finland and France.

"I am very pleased and happy," he told As in his homeland. "This is a special moment for me and a big step in my career. I will try to do my best to impress the boss [del Bosque].

"I want to enjoy this and learn from my team-mates, who are my and many other people’s idols.

"It’s a pity Iker Casillas is out. We all know he is our captain and a legend but I'm happy to be here, even if it’s because of his injury."

Barcelona's Victor Valdes and Liverpool stalwart Pepe Reina are the other two goalkeepers in the squad.

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