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Sergio Ramos speaks out over Spain's shock decision to axe Julen Lopetegui on eve of World Cup 2018

Mirror logo Mirror 13/06/2018 Liam Prenderville

a group of people standing next to a man wearing a suit and tie: Julen Lopetegui with Luis Rubiales and Sergio Ramos upon arrival in Russia © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Julen Lopetegui with Luis Rubiales and Sergio Ramos upon arrival in Russia Sergio Ramos has spoken out on the shock decision to axe Spain boss Julen Lopetegui.

Lopetegui was confirmed as Real Madrid boss on Tuesday and was due to take over at the Bernabeu after the World Cup.

Remarkably, the Spanish football federation only found about the news just before Real's announcement and decided to act.

Lopetegui was sacked just over 48 hours before the opener with Portugal, plunging Spain's World Cup preparations into chaos.

Spain and Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro will take charge and Ramos has issued a passionate message to the Spain support ahead of the Group B clash.

Sergio Ramos on a football field: Sergio Ramos and Rodrigo © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Sergio Ramos and Rodrigo

"We represent the badge, the colours, the fans, the country. Responsibility and commitment are with you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow," he tweeted.

There were suggestions that Ramos has attempted to sway Spanish federation chief Luis Rubiales to keep Lopetegui on, after he had jetted into the training camp in Krasnodar.

But the decision was made and Ruibiales said: “The Spanish national team is the team of all the Spaniards. We only found out just five minutes before that he was leaving for Madrid.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Luis Rubiales during the press conference © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Luis Rubiales during the press conference

“The federation cannot be left outside the negotiation of one of its employees, and find out just five minutes before a public announcement.

“If anybody wants to talk to one of our employees, they have to speak to us too, that is basic, as this is the team of all Spaniards. The national team is the most important we have, the World Cup is the biggest of all.

“There is a way that you must act, Julen has worked in a great way with the team, but we cannot accept how he has acted in this case."

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