first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to former coach Luis Enrique after the ex-Barcelona man stepped down from his role as boss of the national team.Having taken on the role at short notice ahead of last year’s World Cup, the 49-year-old brought to an end an 11-month tenure in the post having been absent from the international camp since March due to personal reasons.Enrique was appointed last July after Fernando Hierro stepped down following their round-of-16 exit to the hosts in Russia, with the latter himself having been hired at short notice to replace the unceremoniously sacked Julen Lopetegui. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Having led them to safety in their Nations League group alongside England, he missed out on reaching this year’s finals in Portugal.Subsequently, he missed three European Championship qualifiers earlier this year, with Roberto Moreno overseeing the assorted victories since March.Former assistant Moreno has now been handed the job until next year but in a statement on Twitter, Real Madrid star Ramos paid tribute to Enrique while lending his full backing.The captain had previously stated that the whole squad understood and respected Enrique’s decision to stay away from the national camp.”Every victory of the national team will also be yours, coach,” Ramos wrote on his official Twitter account . “All our support and our encouragement.”As a manager, Enrique guided Barcelona to two La Liga titles, a Champions League crown and three Copa del Rey trophies before spending a year out of the game.He was named La Liga and FIFA’s Coach of the Year in 2015 for his efforts, when he won the treble.He subsequently took the Spain job and masterminded results such as a 6-0 thrashing of World Cup finalists Croatia and a 2-1 victory against semi-finalists England at Wembley.Such form saw the nation secure sixth in the most recent FIFA World Rankings, behind only Belgium. France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Croatia.Spain next face Romania in September when they travel to Bucharest before they host a return clash with the Faroe Islands in Gijon, having trumped them 4-1 in Torshavn earlier this month .last_img

Ramos to Enrique: Every victory will be yours
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