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Santiago Canizares has admitted to being shocked by the campaign being waged against the Spain team and coach Luis Aragones.

The Valencia goalkeeper was disappointed after losing to Sweden at the weekend, but claims that he did not expect the vitriolic reaction he and his team-mates have received, from both fans and press alike.

Canizares feels that Spain are still very much in a healthy position with regards qualification and he has called for perspective in the games ahead.

"I was not ashamed about losing, but disappointed I think," he said.

"It was after the game that I was really saddened when I heard and saw the reaction of the fans, other players and the media.

"The national team has given me so much and I believe that now is the time to send a message of support and to respect the job that is being done.

"I was stunned because I think differently to the majority of the opinions that I heard.

"Nearly every view that I heard was not what I believe. Now is the time to show support and to leave the job to the professionals."

Canizares reflected on Joaquin's outburst that the national team was in chaos and he believes that the media are making mountains out of molehills, with any comment a player makes blown out of proportion.

"Joaquin said what he felt because in this country there is freedom of speech," he continued.

"There is too much weight put behind every comment made, because sometimes they are made out to be much worse than was intended."