David Silva

David Silva announces retirement from international football

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has this evening confirmed that he has made his final appearance for the Spanish national team.

Silva the Spanish icon

Silva, 32, has enjoyed a glittering 12-year stint with Spain, playing an absolutely crucial role in the most most fruitful period in the history of La Roja.

The diminutive former Valencia man, alongside the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Xabi Alonso, formed one of, if not the greatest ever international midfield, with Spain having secured a pair of European Championships and the World Cup since Silva’s debut in November 2006.

All told, the creative midfielder racked up 125 caps for his country, notching 35 goals in the process, and has long been viewed as one of the most underappreciated aspects of the recent successes of the Spanish national team.

UNSPECIFIED – JULY 12: (L-R) Sergio Ramos, Xavi Hernandez, Pedro Rodriguez, Carles Puyol, Fernando Llorente and Fernando Torres celebrate with the World Cup trophy during the Spanish team’s flight home on board a plane from Johannesburg to Madrid following their victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on July 12, 2010 in flight, Unspecified. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Silva confirms his international retirement

But, with Silva now entering the twilight years of his career, and Spain’s shock World Cup Last-16 exit at the hands of Russia this summer having suggested an imminent change of guard may be forthcoming, the veteran has this evening taken the time to announce his official retirement from international football.

In a post across his social media accounts, Silva explained:

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

‘It has not been easy, after all I’ve experienced, to write these lines.’

‘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.’

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