Manchester City midfielder, David Silva has retired from international football.
The Spaniard announced his retirement today saying the “national team has given me everything”.
Silva has become the third player to retire from the national side after their surprising elimination from the FIFA 2018 World Cup by host nation Russia.
“It is not easy, after all I’ve lived through, to sit and write these lines. It has been days and weeks of reflection and analysis to take the decision to end my era in the Spanish national team,” the former Valencia player wrote Silva in an open letter on his Twitter account.
“Without a doubt it’s been one of the most difficult choices of my career, which I make with gratitude and humility.
“The national team has given me everything and allowed me to grow as a footballer and person since (playing in) the youth categories.”
Silva got his first call-up to the national team by the late Louis Aragones and went on to win Euro 2008 and 2012 and the FIFA World Cup in 2010 for his country scoring 35 goals in 125 games.
“I’m putting an end to an era charged with emotion from all the moments that come to mind, like the figure of Luis Aragones, a master whom we will never forget,” the 32-year-old indicated in his letter.