David de Gea started for Spain despite allegations over his private life

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea during a training session
Image: David de Gea was included in manager Vicente Del Bosque's starting XI

David de Gea started for Spain in their opening Euro 2016 match, a 1-0 win against Czech Republic at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse.

There had been speculation the Manchester United goalkeeper could be dropped after being forced to deny allegations about his private life. 

De Gea has since quashed the rumours and branded the allegations as "lies", insisting he was focused solely on helping Spain win a third consecutive European Championship. 

He was given the nod ahead of Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas by manager Vicente del Bosque and thus made his first appearance at a major international tournament.

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Spain began their Group D campaign with a 1-0 victory against the Czechs, ahead of clashes against Turkey and Croatia. 

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