David Silva Retires from Spain Duty

Manchester City midfielder David Silva on Monday announced his retirement from international football after a distinguished 12-year career with Spain.

Silva, who made his debut in November 2006, helped his country be crowned world champions in South Africa in 2010 and won two European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012.

“I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten” he said in a message on social media.

“I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered.

“I’ve spent days and weeks considering this. The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person.”

Silva’s announcement follows on from the international retirement of centre-back Gerard Pique last week.

Pique’s former Barcelona teammate Andres Iniesta ended his time with Spain after this summer’s disappointing World Cup finals campaign in Russia, leaving new national team boss Luis Enrique with a massive rebuilding task.

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