Spain v Israel - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier
GIJON, SPAIN - MARCH 24: Sergio Ramos of Spain looks on prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Spain and Israel at Estadio El Molinon on March 24, 2017 in Gijon, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos maintains there are no cracks in the Spain camp after the shocking sack of their manager Julen Lopetegui eve of the World Cup tournament and urged his team-mates to move on quickly.

The 2010 winners open their World Cup against Portugal in Sochi on Friday as new coach Fernando Hierro takes over. Ramos insists they will not change their plan for the tournament simply because “there is no time”.

“We need to move on as soon as possible. These have not been pleasant times at all,” he said, according to Sky Sports.

“For me, personally, it was a more delicate moment but I can assure you that these problems provide an opportunity to grow.

“Julen has been part of all the preparations for this World Cup. (But) Spain needs to come before any individual. As soon as possible, let’s move on from this and focus on the World Cup. That is better for everyone.

“There are no cracks. We are all individuals and we all think differently, but the collective idea is the same. We are here to go for the World Cup.

“The reality is that we will change little, we don’t have time. We have clear ideas and we are not going to change our concept of how to play football one jot.”

Spain are one of the favourites despite the change and some controversial omissions from the squad by Lopetegui, including the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso. They also face Iran and Morocco in Group B.