Real Madrid ace to walk away from country after major tournament.
Reports in Spain this week are suggesting that Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso will retire from international duty with Spain after the World Cup this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The 32-year-old could be set to follow in club mate Alvaro Arbeloa’s footsteps by calling it a day, who did so after finding out that he had been left out of Vicente Del Bosque’s squad to travel to South America this month.
Several sources in the country, most prominently Marca, are suggesting that the former Liverpool ace will follow suit in order to let some of the country’s younger talent come into the fold and establish themselves for the future.
Alonso made his debut for the reigning World and European champions in 2003 and has gone on to win 109 caps, scoring 15 goals and playing a major part in the country’s recent domination of the international scene.
The former Real Sociedad pass master is still held in fond esteem by the Anfield faithful, having been one of the main architects behind the club’s astonishing Champions League final comeback against AC Milan in 2005.
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