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Ramos poised for century of Spain caps

March 19, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Sergio Ramos has said he is proud to have the opportunity to win his 100th cap for Spain at the age of only 26 when they play Finland on Friday.

Sergio Ramos is set for his 100th Spain cap against Finland
PA PhotosSergio Ramos is set for his 100th Spain cap against Finland

The Real Madrid man is set to join Andoni Zubizarreta, Raul Gonzalez, Iker Casillas, Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Carles Puyol and Fernando Torres in reaching the landmark when the World Cup qualifier is played in Gijon on Friday.

Germany forward Lukas Podolski is currently the youngest European to have played 100 times for his country, having won his 100th cap at the age of 27 in the Euro 2012 win over Denmark.

Ramos, who made his Spain debut in a 3-0 friendly win over China in March 2005 while playing for Sevilla, said he was looking forward to his 100th cap.

"I will enjoy it on a personal level," he said. "I hope I can enter the history of Spanish football.

"It is a source of pride for me - a really big personal goal. Overcoming barriers on a personal level is very important for a player.

"I have been coming here for many years. I hope I can see in future that I have played many more than 100 games."

Ramos said Spain would not be taking the Finns lightly in Friday's match even though the following Tuesday's game, against France in Paris, is likely to decide Group I.

"We are coming here with very clear ideas," he explained. "We know these are two very big games, qualification for the World Cup is on the line, and we want to do things well.

"It will be very difficult. You cannot underestimate anyone - these days, any national team can do you damage. We will think about France afterwards."