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Xabi Alonso denies reports he is retiring from Spanish team

The Real Madrid midfielder was widely reported to be stepping away from international football after the World Cup.

Xabi Alonso has played his final game for Spain.
Xabi Alonso has played his final game for Spain.
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XABI ALONSO HAS scotched reports that he will retire from international football after Spain’s final World Cup game in Brazil. The Real Madrid midfielder was reported by numerous media outlets to be walking away from the Spanish team at the age of 32 following their shock first round exit from the tournament.

However, Alonso told Spanish radio station Onda Cero: ““I’m still not at that moment, I want all this [in Brazil] to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time. Right now is not the time.”

The midfielder’s comments mirror those of England’s Steven Gerrard, a former teammate of Alonso when he played with Liverpool.

Brazil Soccer WCup Spain Chile Iker Casillas and Xabi Alonso react after Chile's Eduardo Vargas, centre, scored his side's opening goal. Source: Bernat Armangue

Alonso has scored 16 goals in 113 international outings. He is a World Cup winner and has two European Championship winners’ medals. His penalty against Holland is Spain’s only World Cup goal thus far.

He missed out on Real Madrid’s Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid due to suspension. Vicente del Bosque may opt to drop Alonso from his country’s final game against Australia in order to give starts to squad members such as Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas and Koke.

Spain take on Australia from 5pm today.

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