David Silva announces retirement from Spanish national team

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The Manchester City midfielder becomes the third La Roja player to quit the national team following their disappointing round of 16 exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

David Silva has decided to quit the Spanish national team announcing his decision in a letter published on social media.

The statement read: “It is not easy, after everything I have experienced, to sit down and write this letter,”

“There have been days and weeks of reflection and analysis to make the decision to finish my time in the Spain national team. Without a doubt it is one of the hardest decisions in my career.

“The national team has given me everything and has allowed me to grow as a player and as a person from my first days in the youth set-up. I leave with pride after playing 125 games and scoring 35 goals in a 12-year spell where we lifted the World Cup and two European Championships.

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“I leave happy with all I have achieved, experienced and dreamed with a team that will be remembered forever, and I have ended an era filled with emotion from all those moments that come to my mind, like the figure of Luis Aragones, a teacher that none of us will ever forget.

“I cannot leave without thanking all of my team-mates, the coaches that had faith in me and the RFEF employees that do everything to make our lives easier.

“I also want to thank my family for their support over the years, without their help I would never have been able to form part of this team. And of course, the fans who have always given me their support and respect every time I wore the Spain shirt.

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“Thank you, good luck and farewell!”

The 32-year old formed part of a golden generation with the Spanish national team winning the 2010 World Cup and back to back European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

The diminutive playmaker has earned 125 caps for the national team since making his international debut in 2006 amassing 35 goals to place fourth in the list of top scorers in Spain’s history.

He becomes the third national team player to bring an end to their time with the Spanish national team.

Andres Iniesta announced his retirement following Spain’s round of 16 exit at the hands of World Cup hosts, Russia while Gerald Pique called time on his international career in a press conference on Saturday.

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