Robert Moreno hailed the “incredible” Sergio Ramos after he became Spain’s most-capped player of all-time in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Norway.
Ramos moved clear of his old Real Madrid and Spain team-mate Iker Casillas to become the national side’s most-capped player on 168 appearances. However, he couldn’t cap it off with a win after Norway held Moreno’s men to a draw.
Nevertheless, the two-time European and World Cup winner clearly has no plans to quit international anytime soon. He, in fact, has refused to rule out the possibility of representing Spain at the 2020 Olympic Games.
And Ramos has also expressed a desire to make 200 appearances for La Roja before he eventually retires.
“Ramos’ record is incredible,” Spain boss Moreno told reporters.
“And he still wants to compete, win titles.
“I want to congratulate him publicly and hopefully he can give us joy for much longer.”
While Saul Ninguez had given Spain the lead in Norway, Joshua King’s injury-time penalty for Norway denied Ramos victory on his big night.
The Bournemouth striker’s effort also means Spain couldn’t book their spot in Euro 2020, and ended a run of 14 consecutive European qualifying wins.
“I’m left with a bad feeling because when you concede an equaliser at the end it is not good,” Moreno added.
“We tried to have the ball and control, and in the last minutes we had to kill the game.
“I liked the attitude of the team, but not the first half. In the second half we have tightened up more, we generated opportunities to score the second goal … but in the end the control has been lost.”
Spain will now head out to Stockholm for another Euro 2020 qualifier against Sweden, who sit five points below them in second in Group F, next Tuesday.