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125-cap Spain legend David Silva retires from international football

The Manchester City schemer won the 2010 World Cup as well as two European championships.

Silva during this summer's World Cup finals in Russia.
Silva during this summer's World Cup finals in Russia.
Image: Adam Davy

MANCHESTER CITY STAR David Silva has confirmed he will no longer represent Spain at international level.

Silva represented his country on 125 occasions, scoring 35 times in an international career that spanned 12 years.

The playmaker helped La Roja lift their first World Cup title in 2010, and also played a part in back-to-back European Championship triumphs in 2008 and 2012.

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

“It is not easy, after everything I have experienced, to sit down and write this letter,” the 32-year-old star explained in an open letter posted on Twitter.

“There have been days and weeks of reflection and analysis to make the decision to finish my time in the Spain national team. Without a doubt it is one of the hardest decisions in my career.”

The national team has given me everything and has allowed me to grow as a player and as a person from my first days in the youth set-up. 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.

“I leave happy with all I have achieved, experienced and dreamed with a team that will be remembered forever, and I have ended an era filled with emotion from all those moments that come to my mind, like the figure of Luis Aragones, a teacher that none of us will ever forget. Gracias, suerte y hasta siempre!”

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