Spain and Manchester City star, David Silva has called time on his international football career. He joins compatriots Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique in stepping down from La Roja following the 2018 World Cup.
The 32 year old penned an emotional letter via his twitter account:
“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,”
“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.
“I leave feeling happy with everything I have achieved. I lived and dreamed with a team which will be remembered forever; and I am bringing an end to an era filled with many moments which will live in my memory, such as the figure of Luis Aragones, a teacher I will never forget.”
“I cannot leave without thanking all of my team-mates, the coaches that had faith in me and the RFEF employees that do everything to make our lives easier.
“I also want to thank my family for their support over the years, without their help I would never have been able to form part of this team. And of course, the fans who have always given me their support and respect every time I wore the Spain shirt.
He 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.
Silva represented his country on 125 occasions, scoring 35 times in an international career that spanned 12 years.