Sergio Ramos believes Spain are ‘shining’ again under Luis Enrique but warns they will be out to ‘keep Harry Kane’s drought going’ against England.
Spain have won three games out of three since Luis Enrique’s arrival, scoring 12 goals in that time to all-but-confirm their progress in the Nations League, and Ramos is confident La Roja have turned the page.
“We come from data that wasn’t positive and ultimately football is about results. That’s what people are left with,” the Real Madrid defender said at a Press conference for Monday’s match, which will be hosted by Real Betis.
“After the World Cup in Russia, the enthusiasm levels were quite low. With the generational and managerial changes, our organisation and discipline have been recovered.
“The national team are shining again with their unique and wonderful game. We’re on the right track and although it’s very long, it’ll be very beautiful.
“We’ll keep going in this dynamic and keep accumulating wins to reach the ‘final four’ of the Nations League and and win another trophy next year.
“I always have the strength to keep playing at this elite level. Listening to the national anthem is the best thing and I do so every time as if it was the last.
“I’m very happy to return to Seville. The Betis fans are some of the best around. It’s the first time I’ll play here with Spain, but it makes me happy.
“I’ve always felt love everywhere I go, but last year I was surprised when the fans applauded me after I scored for Real Madrid.
“Going home is always a source of pride, even if it’s at the stadium of my rival team. I’ve played with Jordi [Alba] for many years, he’s one of the best full-backs in the world and showed it with his performances, but it’s the Coach who picks the squad.
“I don’t know if he’ll return or not, but our doors are always open to him. As for Busquets, he’s been here a long time and he’s still here while other players have left the national team.
“He’s now one of the captains and he comes in handy for us. It’s a good sign that the national team have players like him.
“In the case of Paco [Alcacer], we’re glad that he’s recovered his confidence. He scored three goals in one game with Dortmund, two with the national team…
“I hope he keeps his run going because it’d be very good for us. We’ve studied England very well to keep Harry Kane’s drought going.
“Taking penalties for Spain makes me happy because it feels very good to assume that kind of responsibility.”