Manchester City midfielder David Silva has announced his retirement from international football.
The Spainiard made 125 caps for his country but consulted Citizens boss Pep Guardiola about the best way to arrange his schedule so that he can enjoy more time with seven-month old son Mateo.
The baby was born prematurely in December and spent the first five months of his life in Valencia’s Casa de Salud Hospital.
In an emotional letter to fans, Silva said: “It isn’t easy, after everything I have gone through, to sit down and write these words.
“I have spent days and weeks thinking about and assessing my decision to end my time with the Spanish national team.”
Silva also thanked the Spanish Football Federation and the supporters: “Without a doubt, it is one of the most difficult decisions of my career which I’m now announcing.
“I am full of gratitude and humility.
“The national team has given me everything, allowing me to grow as a player and as a person from the youth ranks upwards.
“I am proud to have earned 125 caps and scored 35 goals over the course of my 12-years with the senior team, in which we were able to lift the World Cup and two European Championships,” Silva wrote.
“I also want to thank my all my family for their support over all these years. Without their help, it would never have been possible for me to take part in the great history of this national team,” he added.
“And of course, I thank the fans who always gave me their respect and support every time I put on the Spain shirt.”
Silva scored 35 goals for his country and was part of the Spain squads that won the 2010 World cup as well as the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.
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