Sergio Ramos says he is ‘hopeful’ to make the Spanish World Cup squad – 18 MONTHS since his last cap – and is ‘excited’ about playing in Qatar… while the PSG defender, 36, insists he’s ‘ feeling good’ after injury… hit year in Paris
- PSG defender Sergio Ramos aims for a recall from Spain before the World Cup
- Ramos has not played for the team since March 2021 and missed Euro 2020
- The Real Madrid legend says he is feeling good again after a difficult year at PSG
PSG defender Sergio Ramos says he is hopeful of being selected for Spain’s World Cup squad this month, as he insists he is “feeling good again” after a year of many injuries.
The 36-year-old Real Madrid legend has not played for his national team for 18 months – since a World Cup qualifier against Kosovo on March 31, 2021 – and missed Euro 2020 as manager Luis Enrique entrusted a new generation of defenders like Pau Torres and Eric Garcia .
But after throwing off the fitness issues that plagued his first season at the Parc des Princes, Ramos says he is confident in his physical condition after returning to PSG and has a renewed appetite to play for Spain again.
Sergio Ramos has high hopes of making Spain’s World Cup squad after eliminating his fitness issues
The Spanish defender wants to impress Luis Enrique as he decides who flies to Qatar
“Everyone knows what it means to defend those colors,” he told media. “I feel good again, I feel prepared, but in the end it doesn’t depend on me but on Luis Enrique, for whom I have a lot of respect. I’m still really excited to come back and play this World Cup. I hope I can be in Qatar.’
He also started that battle with injuries last season, in conversation with Mundo Deportivo.
“Last year was tough because I had a lot of problems and had to adapt to another club after almost a lifetime at Real Madrid. Throughout my career I have been injured very little. I never thought it was the end.
Ramos suffered an injury in his first year at PSG but has impressed for the Ligue 1 side this season
The 36-year-old last played for his country in a qualifier against Kosovo in March 2021
“They are challenges that life presents us, and if there is one thing that gives meaning to my way of being, it is effort, personality and perseverance.”
“I think I still have years at the highest level, I love this sport. If it helps you so much, you will eventually reap the benefits.’
Ramos has played 17 times for the Ligue 1 giants this season, including ten starts in the league and five in the Champions League.
As a sign that his fitness concerns are now behind him, he has already played more games than in all of last season.
Ramos is one of the most decorated defenders in the history of the game, winning the LaLiga five times and the Champions League four times with Madrid. He also won four Club World Cups and three UEFA Super Cups.
During that trophy-laden period, Ramos – who signed for £30million with Sevilla in 2005 – played 671 times for Los Blancos and was long regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world during his time there.