Manchester City midfielder David Silva announced his retirement from international football. Silva said that he was very proud of his achievements with the national team and that the decision was a hard one to make. Silva retires as Spain’s 6th most capped footballer with 125 appearances. He scored 35 goals during his career at La Roja.
The 32-year old said, “I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered. It has not been easy, after all I’ve experienced, to write these lines. I’ve spent days and weeks considering this. The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person. I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten.”
David Silva made his debut for the national team at the age of 20 in 2006 against Romania. He was a part of the teams that won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. Silva scored Spain’s third goal in their semi-final against Russia at Euro 2008. At the 2010 World Cup, he started the team’s opening game against Switzerland and came on as a substitute in the semi-final against Germany.
In Euro 2012, Silva scored twice-once against Ireland and the first goal of the final against Italy. He was eventually named in the Team of the Tournament. Silva also played the 2014 and 2018 World Cups as well as the 2009 and 2013 Confederations Cups. He scored a brace against Tahiti in the 2013 Confederations Cup. Silva also played Euro 2016.
The midfielder scored 7 braces with the national team during his 12-year long international career.