Ramos refuses to blame Casillas for Netherlands rout

The 28-year-old believes it is unfair to single out his Real Madrid team-mate for a torrid team performance against the Dutch and says Spain will recover against Chile
By Pilar Suarez in Curitiba

Sergio Ramos insists Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas does not deserve to be singled out for criticism after Spain's 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Netherlands

Casillas was widely perceived to have been at fault for the last three goals as the Dutch ran riot in Salvador on Friday, misjudging the flight of the ball for Stefan De Vrij to bundle in from a Wesley Sneijder free-kick, gifting Robin van Persie a tap-in with a heavy touch and going to ground early in the build-up to Arjen Robben's second of the match.

After the game the 31-year-old fronted up to the media and apologised to Spain fans for his performance, but Ramos is adamant that every one of Vicente del Bosque's team must take their share of the blame for the result.

"This is not a day to point at just one player - we are a team that has been champions for the last [few] years," he told reporters at a press conference in Curitiba on Saturday.

"I see Iker as another team-mate. The pressure is on all of us and we have to shoulder that. I see Iker as having has as bad a time as any other [of my] team-mates."

Ramos also revealed that Friday's mauling has made Spain even more determined to rescue their ailing World Cup defence with a convincing win over Chile at the Maracana on Wednesday.

"This match was one of the worst of my professional career but there's no time for lamentations," he added.

"The team is more united than ever, we're full of passion and we could [happily] play tomorrow against Chile. This is not possible and we can't forget about [Friday's] match, but this motivates you to keep on going forward with pride."