Second, though he has Pepe Reina and Iker in front of him, I've often wondered why we never, ever see Víctor Valdés with the Red Fury. So does Phil Ball:
Victor Valdes surely deserves to go to South Africa and actually play. It's a funny thing now, but brilliant though Casillas remains, he suddenly seems less able to save his team's bacon, less capable of the wonder saves. Valdes, meanwhile, is both safe and spectacular. Against Espanyol he did it again, making an almost impossible save from Osvaldo at the end of the first half. In terms of one-on-one, he is better than Casillas now. I don't know how well Reina is playing for Liverpool, but it would be insane not to take Valdes to the World Cup.