There was some confusion around David Villa’s substitution against Australia today, with the NYC-bound striker both shocked and distraught that he was hauled off, and broke down in tears on the bench.
The subsequent feeling was that Del Bosque lacked tact in not letting the Asturian finish his last game for Spain, but said post-match that he didn’t realize it was Villa’s final game.
Which it wasn’t necessarily – the thing is, the record goalscorer hasn’t actually retired from international football.
Villa said: I’d keep playing for Spain at 55 years of age, but you have to be realistic.
I’ve always said I’ll keep coming to play for Spain as long as the boss wants me, but I’ve decided to go to the MLS, which means I won’t be playing competitively for a number of months (until Feb 2015).
But even at that, if the Mister feels he can still call on me, I’d be delighted.”
And after his display today, doing more in some 75 minutes than Diego Costa did in 180, don’t write of El Guaje just yet.