Iker Casillas was the captain of the Spainish team during Euro 2012 © IANS

Madrid: Spain national team goalkeeper Iker Casillas is dreaming of winning a third consecutive European Championship title this year, claiming it would be an “extraordinary” achievement. Spain are the only nation to successfully defend the tournament since its inception in 1960, having lifted the trophy in 2008 and 2012. The FC Porto goalkeeper will contend with Manchester United’s David de Gea for the No.1 jersey at next summer’s competition and remained hopeful of his country’s chances of success.

“It would be extraordinary to lift a third trophy. It is difficult but not impossible,” Casillas was quoted as saying by goal.com on Monday. Casillas, 34, believes hosts France are well equipped to end the tournament as victors but remained wary of the talents of other top nations. “France I like. You have to respect Italy. Germany are world champions! Croatia can be a surprise,” the former Real Madrid goalkeeper said.

Earlier, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was confident that his national team Spain could win Euro 2016, to be hosted by France, underlining that the players want to keep achieving victories. Ramos had explained that the 2016 Euro will be his third championship and the players should believe in their ability to hold the title, emphasising that the Spanish team is great after the generational change but the focus should be on the field.