Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Manchester City's Spain Midfielder David Silva Retires From International Football

39;I leave happy for everything I have achieved in this team what I've dreamed and experienced with a team that will never be forgotten.' 39;I leave happy for everything I have achieved in this team what I've dreamed and experienced with a team that will never be forgotten.'
Shannon Reynolds | 15 August, 2018, 19:20

Silva's global withdrawal comes after Spanish defender Gerard Pique announced on Saturday that he would not play again with the national team in the new era under former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

The Manchester City star revealed in July he was contemplating making the decision as a result of World Cup disappointment and going through a hard time with the premature birth of his son. "The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person", he said.

Silva will undoubtedly go down as an all-time Spain great, having played a role in their three greatest global successes.

The 32-year-old Manchester City midfielder posted a message on social media on Monday laying out his decision to concentrate his efforts on club football after 12 years representing Spain during which he won two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.

Prior to his retirement, Silva played earned 125 caps in a Spain shirt, scoring 35 goals in the process.

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But after more than a decade playing for his nation, Silva has made a decision to call it a day and focus on his club career.

"I leave happy with what (I) achieved".

The midfielder was part of the squad which was surprisingly eliminated by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 of last month's World Cup.

Andres Iniesta revealed minutes after July's penalty shoot-out defeat he was standing down, while Gerard Pique followed his former Barcelona captain's example on Saturday during a press conference.

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