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Spain Legend Xavi Announces Retirement From International Football

Veteran Barca stars hangs up boots for his country.

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi has decided to call time on his international career with Spain this week, Inside Futbol reports.

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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.

The midfield ace was also instrumental in Spain’s two European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012 as well as winning a World Cup in 2010.

Xavi has seen much speculation surround his club career too, with many tipping him to head for a swan song in the United States with New York City FC, but he has since moved to dispel those rumours by committing himself to the Blaugrana.

“I’m grateful for all those years. It has been a fantastic time”, Xavi told reporters.

“I’m not 20 anymore, but I still have the motivation of a kid.”

His announcement will likely allow him to prolong his club career a little longer.

However, his international career will end on a somewhat sour note as Spain’s most recent World Cup campaign this summer ended in embarrassment as they finished third in their group, with Xavi even relegated to the bench for the final game against Australia.

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