Ramos responds to the sacking of Spain coach Lopetegui

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/06/2018

Sergio Ramos, Spain

Spain skipper Sergio Ramos has responded to the sacking of La Roja boss Julen Lopetegui by the football federation.

The 51-year-old was dismissed on the eve of the World Cup following Tuesday's announcement he is to take over Champions League holders Real Madrid after this summer Mundial.

Former Real Madrid and Spain captain Fernando Hierro has been drafted in as his replacement for the tournament, with 2010 World Cup winning nation take on neighbours Portugal on Friday in their first Group B match opener.

But Ramos has moved to quell any notion that La Roja's chaotic preparations for the World Cup have had an impact on the unity in the camp.

He posted on Twitter: "We are the national team, we represent a shield, the colours, the fans, a country.

"The responsibility and commitment are with you and for you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together: #VamosEspana"

Lopetegui oversaw a 20-match unbeaten run since taking over after Euro 2016 but furious Spanish FA chief Luis Rubiales swung the axe anyway after agreed a three-year deal with Real Madrid despite having signed a lucrative new contract with Spain only 21 days earlier.

Hierro, who won five Liga Liga titles and three Champions Leagues in a glittering Real Madrid career and he was an assistant to Carlo Ancelotti at Santiago Benerbue during the 2014-15 season before taking charge of second-tier Oviedo in 2016-17.

Former Bolton midfielder has been working as Spain's sporting director since last November.