Sergio Ramos 'doesn't care' about fans' reception in England v Spain
By Liam Grace
Last Updated: 07/09/18 10:28pm
Spain's Sergio Ramos said he "doesn't care" about a potential negative reception in his side's Nations League opener against England at Wembley.
The 32-year-old captain has been the subject of controversy since Real Madrid's Champions League win over Liverpool in which Mohamed Salah injured his shoulder after falling under a heavy challenge from the defender.
Ramos has spoken on record several times about the incident, but has addressed the issue once more as he prepares for his first competitive fixture in England since the European final, which Real won 3-1.
"I never go onto the pitch with the intention of injuring another professional so I have a very clear conscience," Ramos said.
"I've come here to win with Spain and I don't care what people might say or how I will be received."
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Spain endured a frustrating World Cup campaign in Russia, losing to the hosts on penalties in the last 16.
The 2010 world champions sacked their head coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament, who was replaced by Fernando Hierro, but are now managed by former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
Ramos said there is renewed enthusiasm around the squad since Enrique - who won La Liga twice and the Champions League once during his three-year tenure at Barca - took over in July.
"In the last few years Spain have dropped a couple of levels and our objective is to recover what made us win in the first place," he said.
"The coach and players have a great challenge in front of us in trying to win again. We have a lot of ambition but we have to show it. We want the world to fall in love with us again."
Ramos said it has been an intense first week working with the new coach ahead of their opening Nations League game in League A, Group 4 which also includes World Cup finalists Croatia.
"The boss has asked us to pay more attention this week because everything was new so we've had days of team talks, lots of dialogue and lots of work," Ramos added.
"We've received a lot of new information and we're try to translate that to the pitch so our fans can enjoy themselves again."