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David Silva announces retirment from national team

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has retired from international duty after 12 years and 125 caps with Spain.

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Spain midfielder David Silva has announced his retirement from international football after 12 years and 125 caps for Spain.

Silva, 32, made his debut in 2006 and was part of Spain’s 2008 and Euro 2012 winning squad, he also enjoyed success at the 2010 World Cup.

He said he was “very proud” of his achievements with La Roja, and that the decision to retire was “one the most difficult of my career”.

“I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered,” he added.

“It has not been easy, after all I’ve experienced, to write these lines,” he wrote in a social media post.

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

“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.”

“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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