Gerard Pique retires from international football

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Gerard Pique

Spanish defender Gerard Pique called it quits on his international career with 102 appearances and 5 goals to his name. Pique made his debut for Spain in 2009 against England. His first international goal was a winner against Turkey during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers at the Santiago Bernabeu. He played three World Cups, two Confederations Cups and two European Championships for Spain. Pique played a huge role in Spain’s triumphs at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. He was named in Euro 2012’s Team of the Tournament. The Barcelona man also scored a goal in Euro 2016.

Pique had earlier said that he would retire following the 2018 World Cup.

Pique said, “I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago. He called me and I told him the decision was taken a long time ago and that I had thought about it carefully. It was a beautiful time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship. Now I want to focus on Barca. I have a few years left here and I’m going to enjoy them a lot.”

 

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