‘Proud’ Silva calls time on Spain duty

‘Proud’ Silva calls time on Spain duty

The 32-year-old Manchester City midfielder posted a message on social media on Monday laying out his decision to concentrate his efforts on club football after 12 years representing Spain during which he won two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup.

He wrote: "It isn't easy, after everything I have gone through, to sit down and write these words". Without a doubt it is one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to take and I say it from humility and gratitude. "Finish an era filled with emotion and many moments that I will never forget", wrote Silva on his page on "Twitter".

"The national team has given me everything, allowing me to grow as a player and as a person from the youth ranks upwards".

"I can not leave without thanking my teammates, all the coaches who had faith in me and with the RFEF employees, who give it all to make our life easier".

"I'm happy with everything I've achieved and I've lived a dream with a team that will always be remembered".

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The footballer, who played a total of 125 games for his national side, scored 35 goals making him the fourth highest goal scorer of Spain.

"Thank you, good luck and farewell!".

Silva was an integral part of the Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup 2010 winning squad.

Aragones - mentioned in Silva's emotional retirement message - led Spain to the Euros in 2008 but passed away at the age of 75 in 2014.

Andres Iniesta revealed minutes after July's penalty shoot-out defeat he was standing down, while Gerard Pique followed his former Barcelona captain's example on Saturday during a press conference.

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