After their elimination in the round of 16 against Morocco, Spain is preparing to start a new stage under the command of Luis De La Fuente. Asked about a possible return of Sergio Ramos to the national team, the new coach of La Roja did not rule out this possibility.
Will Sergio Ramos play again with the Spanish shirt? This is a question that arises regularly in Spain, almost in each of La Roja's matches.
Absent from Luis Enrique's list for the 2022 World Cup, the Parisian number 4 has not played with the Iberian team since March 31, 2021 against Kosovo (3-1). Lowered in the hierarchy of central defenders, the 36-year-old defender missed the opportunity to savor a fifth World Cup.
However, in front of his television, Sergio Ramos witnessed the debacle of La Roja, eliminated in the round of 16 against Morocco. As a direct consequence of this early elimination, Luis Enrique left his coaching duties to make way for Luis De la Fuente, former coach of the Spain Under-21 National Team.
Asked on MARCA about a possible return of Sergio Ramos in his first and next list, the new Spanish leader did not rule out this possibility.
“All those who are eligible have the same possibilities. We will start working from now on to collect information from everyone, when they will play and when they will resume the competition," De La Fuente initially said.
"The door is not closed to anyone (including Sergio Ramos). On the contrary, all the doors of the national team are open"
"We have an idea, but the door is not closed to anyone. On the contrary, all the doors of the national team are open. I am not going to enter into discussions about Ramos. All those who are eligible can be called up," he concluded at a press conference.
It should be noted that De La Fuente could also reopen the doors of the national team to Fabian Ruiz, absent from Spain's squad since Euro 2020.
Local press often linked Ruiz's absence to existing tensions with Luis Enrique. Good for the PSG midfielder, that's no longer the case with De La Fuente now in charge with his deal running until the conclusion of Euro 2024.