Sergio Ramos to make 100th appearance for Spain
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos declared he is proud to be on brink of winning his 100th cap for Spain at such a young age. The 25-year-old center back will reach the unique milestone when Spain plays against Finland on Friday.
Sergio Ramos will join Andoni Zubizarreta, Raul Gonzalez, Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Carles Puyol and Fernando Torres to become the latest addition to the group of players who have made more than 100 appearances for Spain.
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is currently the youngest European to have played in 100 games for his country. Lukas Podolski won his 100th cap for Germany at the age of 27 in the Euro 2012 victory over Denmark. Sergio Ramos will break his record by playing in the World Qualifier in Gijon on Friday.
Sergio Ramos made his debut for Spain in a 3-0 friendly win over China back in 2005. Since then Sergio Ramos has almost regularly featured in the first-team of Spain. The Spaniard has also scored eight goals for Spain.
“I will enjoy it on a personal level,” Sergio Ramos said. “I hope I can enter the history of Spanish football. It is a source of pride for me - a really big personal goal. Overcoming barriers on a personal level is very important for a player.
“I have been coming here for many years. I hope I can see in future that I have played many more than 100 games.”
Sergio Ramos claims Spain will take Finland lightly, even though they are set to battle against France in Paris on Tuesday; a game that will decide Group I.
“We are coming here with very clear ideas,” Sergio Ramos said. “We know these are two very big games, qualification for the World Cup is on the line, and we want to do things well.
“It will be very difficult. You cannot underestimate anyone - these days, any national team can do you damage. We will think about France afterwards.”