Ramos calls for Spain ‘calmness’

Sergio Ramos has urged the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to stabilise itself “so that calmness returns” to the internation set-up.

Spain’s fortunes have been overshadowed by the suspension of Angel Maria Villar, who had been the RFEF’s President since 1988, after he was arrested on corruption charges in July.

Nonetheless, La Roja mauled Liechtensten 8-0 on Tuesday to leave themselves on the verge of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and Ramos hopes a resolution can be found soon.

“Liechtenstein? It was a complicated match and we had to adapt to our opponents,” the Real Madrid defender said after the game.

“We did that and now we’re close to the World Cup in Russia. National team? We have a very talented team. Young and old are needed, and we have a mix of both.

“We feel convinced and excited again. We’re taking the right steps. I’d be lying to you if I told you that I didn’t see this team doing something great.

“Compared with La Roja’s previous generation? We’ll see if we can do the same as them.

“We really enjoyed the previous generation and repeating them will be difficult, but it can be done.

“[Incumbent chief Jose Luis] Larrea and RFEF? It’s a delicate issue. It began to worry us. We stayed out of it all, but players like balance and stability, that they feel secure and that there’s a President who looks out for the players.

“Football is the priority, but now decisions have to be made and hopefully the situation can be calmed.

“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. We don’t know if the current President will stay on, but [general secretary] Maria Jose Claramunt is someone who gives confidence to the players, and we’d like her to stick with us.

“We hope that decisions are made so that the calmness returns. Italy? I loved the atmosphere of the Bernabeu.

“We must have that in all our games, that the fans get involved, because it imposes respect.”

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