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Ramos hits back at 'hurtful' Spain criticism

The Real Madrid defender claims the side's detractors would do well to remember la Roja's incredible successes in recent years.

Sergio Ramos has hit back at recent criticism of Spain's performances, insisting fans should take their achievements of recent years into account.

The world and European Champion has come under scrutiny from its own fans for a perceived lack of attacking intent following recent performances, and the Real Madrid defender has hit back at detractors, insisting the team's phenomenal success from 2008 onwards should not be forgotten.

“We respect the criticism, but it hurts that some of the fans criticize you after what you've done,” the defender told reporters.

Vicente del Bosque’s side overcame France 1-0 at Stade de France on Tuesday to leapfrog les Bleus at the top of Group I in the current World Cup qualifying campaign, and Ramos feels his side deserves plenty of credit for securing maximum points in Paris.

“We are excited for the result of this match," he went on. "We should be given a lot of credit in a game where there is a very small margin for error. We were in a delicate situation and we have learned to react.

“We played a measured game against a great France team. We have done well, we tightened up defensively after the goal."

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