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Vicente del Bosque Fires At Iker Casillas

Madrid, Spain – Outgoing Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has revealed that his relationship with long-time national captain Iker Casillas suffered when the goalkeeper was left on the bench during Euro 2016. In addition, he revealed that Casillas was the only member of his squad that he did not write a thank you message to.

Del Bosque, dropped Casillas from Spain’s starting lineup for their first group stage match in Euro 2016 against the Czech Republic in favor of  David de Gea, and the coach has told Spanish Radio station Cadena Ser that the captain did not take kindly to being consigned to the bench.

“With his team-mates, he was OK, but with the coaching staff, his behavior wasn’t good. His anger was directed at us,” Del Bosque said. “That’s why he’s the only player I didn’t write to.

Casillas had been Spain’s first-choice starting goalkeeper since the 2002 World Cup, and is the most capped player in the history of the Spanish national team, having made 167 appearances.

Del Bosque led the Spanish national team to victory in the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, and revealed that dropping Casillas for Euro 2016 was a “painful” decision to make.

“For sure he is hurting or displeased with me and I understand that. He thinks we have done the wrong thing,” he said.

“But we have to be proud of a player who has 167 games with the national team. I don’t believe three or four games will hurt his resume.

Del Bosque added that he was sure over time he would patch things up with Casillas, who he had first encountered as a nine-year-old in Real Madrid’s youth system.

“Casillas was only angry with us [coaches],” he said. “With his teammates he was perfect, on the bench supporting the team. For sure we will sort it out in the future. I have known him since he was nine years old, I know his parents, and I think very highly of him.”

Del Bosque announced on Thursday he would be stepping down after seeing his side eliminated from Euro 2016 at the last-16 stage by Italy.

The 65-year-old guided Spain to success in the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 during his eight-year spell and sent most members of the current squad a message of thanks after announcing his departure.

Casillas suffered a similar fate at former club Real Madrid when a combination of injury and him falling out with the then manager, Jose Mourinho, resulted in him being left out of the side.

He left the Bernabeu in 2015 for Porto in search of regular playing time, and generally performed well for the Portuguese side.