for the embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in
Salvador on Friday evening.
Casillas, who was left in no mands land by a stunning Robin van Persie header in the 44th minute, made his 155th appearance for La Roja in their disastrous start to defending their title and admitted that he wasn’t at the required level.
“I wasn’t at the level I needed to be. I have to accept all criticism,” Casillas said.
“I didn’t do things like I should have, especially to start a World Cup.
It wasn’t one of my best games,” added the Real Madrid shot-stopper.
Vincente Del Bosque, however, refused to place the blame on any individuals, especially not on the 33-year-old Casillas.
“When a team loses a match it’s not just the performance of one
single player, its a weakness in the total squad,” Del Bosque said.
“We can’t blame anyone, least of all Iker Casillas.”
The Spain boss also praised Louis Van Gaal’s men for a sterling
performance and took no shame in congratulating their 2010 Final rivals.
“It is not a happy moment, but first of all I want to congratulate the Dutch team, who were superior to us.”