David Silva, who won the 2010 World Cup and 2008 & 2012 European Championships with Spain, has today announced his retirement from international football.
Gracias, suerte y hasta siempre! 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/mIM1k45pfg
— David Silva (@21LVA) August 13, 2018
The 32-year-old recently admitted that he was considering his Spain future following the World Cup and in a statement release on his social media channels, announced his retirement.
Silva made 125 appearances in total for his country, scoring 35 goals, which makes him the fourth highest goal scorer in Spanish history, behind only David Villa, Raul and Fernando Torres. He also amassed the second-highest number of assists in Spain’s history.
The playmaker, one of the greatest midfielders to ever grace the Premier League, will now focus entirely on his club career with Manchester City, where he is expected to stay until 2020, at which point is has said he’ll likely return to his homeland to cap off a great career.
Silva’s full 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.
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.
Thank you, good luck and farewell!”
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