The Spanish centre-half has announced his retirement from international football
Sergio Ramos has decided to retire from international football after a glittering career with Spain, the centre-back received a call from his nation’s new manager Luis de la Fuente, which led to the former Real Madrid player calling it quits.
When he was still a teenager in 2005, Ramos made his Spain debut. He continued to represent his nation 180 times, and he was a member of the team that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
He was not selected for the national teams for Euro 2020 or the 2022 World Cup, as Spain were unexpectedly eliminated by Morocco and manager Luis Enrique was fired.
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Meanwhile, new Spain manager Luis de la Fuente, who has taken over in the dugout has said Ramos is not part of his plan once international football resumes.
The 36-year-old defender was a member of the World Cup and European Championships winning teams. He has played for Spain the most times. Ramos announced it on his social media accounts.
“The time has come, the time to say goodbye to the National Team, our beloved and exciting Red,” Ramos wrote. “This morning I received the call from the current coach who told me that he doesn’t count and that he won’t count on me, regardless of the level I can show or how I continue my sporting career.”
“With great regret, it is the end of a journey that I hoped would be longer and that would end with a better taste in the mouth, on the height of all the successes we have achieved with our Red.”
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“Humbly, I think that that career deserved to end because of a personal decision or because my performance was not up to what our National Team deserves, but not because of age or other reasons that, without having heard them, I have felt.”
“I will continue to cheer on my country from home with the thrill of the privileged who has been able to proudly represent it 180 times. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who always believed in me!”
Sergio Ramos’s international record
Minutes played: 13,741
Goals scored: 23
Sergio Ramos trophies won with Spain
FIFA World Cup (1): 2010
European Championship (2): 2008, 2012
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