As reported by Marca, despite Sergio Ramos’ return to his boyhood club, Sevilla, Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has made it clear that his two main centre-backs will be Al-Nassr’s Aymeric Laporte (29) and Real Sociedad’s Robin le Normand (26).
Since Le Normand made his first appearance for Spain in a Nations League match against Italy in June, it has been this pairing that has become the main feature of the Spanish defence.
With Ramos’ return to club football in Spain, it was thought that the former Real Madrid defender, who has made the most appearances of anyone in the Spanish national side (182), may once again come back into the fold and be in the plans of De la Fuente. Ramos, since his return to Sevilla, has impressed despite Sevilla’s rocky start as a team.
Ramos left the national side in February 2023 in a message highlighting that he was not a part of De la Fuente’s plans going forward. The 37-year-old has, however, hinted that he would be open to a return to the National side.
However, this hope is unlikely to come to fruition. Spain’s future plans seem to lie firmly with Le Normand and Laporte, a pairing that won the Nations League this summer and that has allowed Spain to qualify for the European Championship with two games to spare.
GSFN | Finn Entwistle