Ramos urges Spain unity
Defender wants Real and Barca players to forget recent rivalries
Last Updated: May 31, 2011 7:57pm
Sergio Ramos has urged Real Madrid and Barcelona players to forget recent rivalries for the good of the Spanish national side.
The world champions are set to play friendlies in Boston against the United States on 4th June and in Puerta La Cruz against Venezuela three days later.
After the bitter recent 'El Clasico' clashes between the two club sides, there has been speculation whether these would disrupt the harmony in the national camp, with Real having five representatives in the Spain squad and Barca boasting six.
But Ramos believes the national team-mates have been through too much together - winning an historic Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup double - to continue the rivalries while on Spain duty.
"Instead of thinking about fights from these games we should think about what we have achieved together, something we have never achieved before, winning Euro 2008 and the World Cup."
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He said: "Instead of thinking about fights from these games we should think about what we have achieved together, something we have never achieved before, winning Euro 2008 and the World Cup.
"We have experienced some very important moments together to be able to overcome these types of problems.
"It is clear to us and to them...they were only clashes and rivalry on the field of play.
"We have a good team spirit and we have to forget it all for the good of the national team."