Sergio Ramos revealed he wouldn’t say no to the chance of representing Spain at the 2020 Olympic Games after becoming La Roja’s most-capped player of all-time.
Reports have recently emerged claiming that Ramos may be in line to play for Spain in next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. However, there are still a few unanswered issues to resolve.
First of all, the tournament takes place from July 24 to August 9. This would give Ramos less than a fortnight to prepare should Spain reach the Euro 2020 final during the very same summer.
Real Madrid may also protest given that the 33-year-old may suffer burnout from a lack of adequate rest. It could very well cause him to sit out of the club’s opening games for the 2020/21 campaign.
But it turns out that Ramos is up for it anyway.
“It is early to talk about the Olympic Games,” the Spain captain told reporters.
“But anyone who had the chance and was called to play in the Games would not say no.
“It is something you cannot refuse. There is a lot of the season left and it is a very nice idea.”
Ramos, meanwhile, moved ahead of his former team-mate Iker Casillas to become Spain’s most-capped player in history after making a record 168th appearance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Norway.
After a goalless first-half, Saul Ninguez capitalised on a poor clearance to fire Spain into a 47th-minute lead. However, La Roja tailed off afterwards to allow Norway chances to get back into the game.
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And Kepa Arrizabalaga’s foul on Omar Elabdellaoui earned the hosts a stoppage-time penalty, which Josh King scored to end Spain’s run of 14 consecutive European qualifying wins.
It also cost Robert Moreno’s side a chance to seal their spot in Euro 2020.
“The personal is secondary,” Ramos said on his new international record.
“I would have changed the record for the victory.
“It is a pride to be the Spaniard who has worn this shirt more times, which I still hope to wear much more.
“It was a shame we drew. Norway have taken advantage of the last minutes, and in one play they tied us.
“I’m sad, because we would have liked to achieve the qualification.”
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.