Tuesday, 5th August, 2014
Barcelona midfielder Xavi has decided to draw the curtains on his international career with Spain.
Since making his senior debut for Spain in 2000, the 34-year-old earned 133 international caps for his country and played in four World Cups and three European Championships.
Xavi was an influential member of the squad that won Euro 2008, ending Spain’s 44-year long international trophy drought.
That triumph was followed by the World Cup win in 2010 and the European Championship in 2012 and Xavi was a key contributor in both those triumphs.
"I'm grateful for all those years. It has been a fantastic time”, Xavi was quoted as saying by the BBC.
"I'm not 20 anymore, but I still have the motivation of a kid."
Xavi’s last World Cup in Brazil ended in ignominy as the defending champions crashed out of the World Cup in the first round and Xavi was relegated to the bench for their last group game against Australia.