Ramos not anxious about Salah backlash

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Spain are entering a new era under former Barcelona coach Enrique, who took charge of his national team in July following the acrimonious departure of predecessor Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

David De Gea will remain as Spain's first choice goalkeeper following Luis Enrique's declaration that he has "never had any doubts" over the Manchester United star's credentials in the role.

"Despite the speculation there could have been, I have always got on well with the people I have found with most character", said Ramos.

The former Barcelona manager will make his first appearance on Saturday in a game against England at Wembley.

It's been a stark change to how things were conducted under Julen Lopetegui, the coach fired two days before the World Cup for accepting a job with Real Madrid without telling federation officials in advance. "I know the English fans will treat players as they deserve and I'm not anxious in the slightest".

"The fact we have been a reference over the past decade means that everyone knows our national team", he said.

"I have been here for many years but still feel very young and eager and want to continue winning with the national team, it is all good for the moment".

Spain's Sergio Ramos during the press conference at the Wembley Stadium, London September 7, 2018. "I think I played well against Atletico Madrid and this gave me the opportunity".

"I have already spoken about evolving the model in my presentation and that is what we are working on".

The new coach's press appearances so far suggest he will carry that same edge felt by the journalist two years ago into global management, and it remains to be seen whether it proves a source of unification or alienation amongst his players. I act based on the team's needs.