Manchester City and Spain’s mainstay midfielder David Silva has called it a day from the International football after Spain’s early World Cup exit. Following the announcements from Gerard Pique and Andres Iniesta, Silva has joined order to announce his Spanish retirement.
The midfielder has played a vital role in the 125 appearances that he has made for La Roja in the past. In the 125 appearances, Silva has scored 35 times in his illustrious career that lasted 12 long years.
Silva is the sixth most capped player for Spain, with his 35 goals putting him in the 4th place on all-time goalscorers for La Roja.
Silva’s contribution was key to Spain’s World Cup win in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup, and he also played a crucial role in 2008 and 2012 Euros. The Playmaker after representing Spain for over a decade has decided it call a day.
Silva announces retirement on Twitter:
Gracias, suerte y hasta siempre! 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/mIM1k45pfg
— David Silva (@21LVA) August 13, 2018
“It is not easy, after everything I have experienced, to sit down and write this letter,” said the 32-year-old star 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.” added the midfielder.
He, further mentioned how lucky he was to represent Spain on the International front.
“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,” he said before he added how happy his career has been thus far for La Roja.
Further, the midfielder thanked his family for supporting him throughout his career and all the managers under which he has played for Spain.