Sergio Ramos Will Play for Spain at Qatar 2022 'With a Grey Beard If Necessary'

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2018

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 01:  Sergio Ramos of Spain in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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Sergio Ramos has vowed to play at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after Spain made a shock last-16 exit from the 2018 tournament after losing to hosts Russia on penalties.

Following the shootout defeat on Sunday, Andres Iniesta, 34, announced his retirement from international football.

But 32-year-old Ramos, the Spain captain, said he will carry on representing La Roja and hopes to still be around at the next World Cup, per Amitai Winehouse of MailOnline: 

"F--k, it's difficult. It's so many hours, so much effort and so much dedication. Maybe this wasn't our best moment but we go home without having lost a game. I would like to carry on playing [for Spain] for many more years because I'm going home with a terrible pain. I'm going to have to go to Qatar with a grey beard if necessary."

Spain looked to have a relatively easy path through to the quarter-finals after they were able to top Group B with just five points.

Russia had enjoyed a fantastic start to their home tournament as they comfortably beat Saudi Arabia and Egypt, but their limitations were exposed in a 3-0 defeat to Uruguay.

However, they had a clear game plan against Spain to sit back and defend, and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was the hero as he saved two penalties in the shootout.

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Sergio Ramos had a bad day 🚽 https://t.co/gTNPq6Zsni

Spain were culpable for a lack of imagination. They dominated possession and had more than enough quality to break down Russia's defence, but they showed remarkably little intent and ambition.

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191 - Russia 🇷🇺 have eliminated Spain from the World Cup despite completing only 191 passes in 120 minutes ! Spain 🇪🇸 have completed 1006 passes today, new record for a team since Opta started to collect this data (1966). Punishment. #ESPRUS #WorldCup https://t.co/MuYvJPaSgl

Ramos played a key role as the deadlock was broken in the 12th minute at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium through a Sergei Ignashevich own goal, but Artem Dzyuba then equalised from the spot.

The Real Madrid centre-back has enjoyed huge success with his national team, winning the 2010 World Cup, as well as the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and 2012.

It is clear, though, he is not yet done representing his country.