Manchester City’s David Silva retires from international football

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has retired from international football

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has retired from international football

David Silva who plays for Manchester City and made his Spanish debut in 2006, said he was "very proud" and the decision to retire was "one the most hard of my career". 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.

"For days and weeks I pondered, and analyzed, to decide about retirement in Spain".

The Spaniard enjoyed a stellar 12 years with the national team, winning a remarkable 125 caps along the way after making his debut back in 2006. It is an emotional moment to call time on an era for all the moments that come to mind, like the figure of Luis Aragonés, a maestro who we will never forget. "The national team has given me everything and allowed me to grow as a footballer and person since [playing in] the youth categories".

"I can not leave without thanking my teammates, all the coaches who had faith in me and with the RFEF employees, who give it all to make our life easier".

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He added: "I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered".

The Spain global has been an integral part of City's success, scoring 61 goals and providing 115 assists in 346 appearances to help the club win three league titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups since his arrival 2010. And of course, the fans who have always given me their support and respect every time I wore the Spain shirt.

Silva, who was described as "Spain's Lionel Messi" by former coach Vicente del Bosque, follows in the footsteps of fellow World Cup winners Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique in retiring from Spain duty following the World Cup.

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