Manchester City's David Silva Announces Retirement From Spain Team

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"I have had several weeks of reflection and analysis to make the decision that I'm finishing my time with the Spanish national team", Silva wrote."Without a doubt, this is one of the most hard decisions of my career", Marca.com quoted Silva, as saying.

Silva's decision comes just two days after Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique also announced his retirement from Spain's national side. "The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person", he said.

"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", added Silva.

'I can not 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 am proud to complete 12 years with the national team, with which I won the world championship and twice became the champion of Europe.

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Gran Canaria-born Silva was making his name as a creative force at Valencia when he was first called up to the senior team in November 2006 and he scored the first of his 35 global goals against Greece in August 2007.

"Thank you, good luck and farewell!".

Spain's David Silva during World Cup press conference at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia, June 30, 2018.

Aragones led Spain to their first major trophy at an global tournament in 44 years with victory in the 2008 Euros.

Silva's worldwide withdrawal comes after Spanish defender Gerard Pique announced on Saturday that he would not play again with the national team in the new era under former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

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