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Iker Casillas became the joint most capped European player of all time last night

The Spanish goalkeeper kept a clean sheet against Romania in his record-equaling 166th national team appearance.

Porto and Spain keeper Casillas.
Porto and Spain keeper Casillas.

IKER CASILLAS EQUALLED the European appearances record by claiming a 166th cap for Spain last night, but the veteran goalkeeper acknowledged the time of his retirement is getting closer.

Casillas kept a clean sheet as Spain played out a scoreless draw against Romania in their international friendly at the Cluj Arena.

The 34-year-old Porto keeper was happy to reach the milestone and level the record held by Latvia’s Vitalijs Astafjevs, but conceded his time is running out at the top level of football with Manchester United’s David De Gea set to take over for in the national team.

“I am happy to reach 166 games and be the player with the most games for the national team,” he said via Periscope.

“In these years I have lived good times and bad times, but I will stick with the good ones.”

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Romania Spain Soccer The Spanish line-up: Iker Casillas, Marc Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Koke,Pedro Rodriguez, Mario Perez, David Jimenez Silva, Paco Alcacer, Nolito Agudo and Jordi Alba. Source: Mircea Rosca

Casillas added: “The time of my retirement is getting closer and closer. It’s clear that time passes everyone and I am no exception of that.

“But I have hope and I would like to be with this team full of youngsters. I don’t know if it’s my last year with Spain, I only think about enjoying each day.”

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