David Silva ends 12 years of international football

Manchester City’s Spain midfielder David Silva has announced his retirement from international football in an open letter to Spain fans.

“It’s not easy, after everything I have been through, to sit down and write these lines,” the Manchester City man said in his letter.

“There have been days and weeks of reflection and analysis to take the decision to end my time with the Spanish national team. Without doubt, it is one of the most difficult choices of my career.

“The national side has given me everything and allowed me to grow as a player and a person since the youth categories.

“I leave happy for everything achieved, I lived and dreamed with a team that will always be remembered and I am bringing to and end a time filled with emotion and moments that I will always remember, such as Luis Aragones, the maestro we will never forget.”

Aragones led Spain to their first major trophy at an international tournament in 44 years with victory in the 2008 Euros. He died at the age of 75 in 2014.

On Saturday, Barcelona’s 31-year-old centre-back Gerard Pique also confirmed his retirement from the international game.

Silva played for Spain for 12 years, scoring 35 goals in 125 caps and winning the World Cup and two European Championships.

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