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Salah noticeably blanked Ramos, and the Spanish star might encounter a few angry Liverpool fans when England welcome Spain to Wembley.

Sergio Ramos says his "conscience is clear" about the Mohamed Salah incident that overshadowed the 2018 Champions League final and that he is not concerned about any negative reaction at Wembley today. I never wanted to hurt a colleague on the pitch. Their talents are unique to them, there aren't many players like that, so I think the challenge for Luis Enrique is to create more of a collective - and make that collective play in a way that ensures they can cope without those big players.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique spoke warmly of the 32-year-old at his own briefing and Ramos was keen to return the compliment.

That decision was reportedly opposed by numerous senior players in the Spain squad, including captain Sergio Ramos.

"Of course, I didn't really know him personally. I am not anxious about that in the slightest".

It's been a stark change to how things were conducted under Julen Lopetegui, the coach fired two days before the World Cup for accepting a job with Real Madrid without telling federation officials in advance.




With the retirement of Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, it will be a new-look Spain under Enrique, who has omitted Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Barca left-back Jordi Alba.

There have been some suggestions that Luis Enrique has been brought in to oust the long-serving captain, but both denied this."Maybe this was said because both of us have very strong characters", Ramos said.

"We're the ones playing on the pitch for the national team. We had met before as rivals", he explained.

New objective: "The fact that we have been a reference during the last decade means everyone knows the national team".

"An example is the situation with mobile phones, for me it seems like a good idea because for half an hour when we are eating it is better to talk with our teammates but I understand those who want to have their phone with them".


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