country's historic run of three successive major
international title triumphs, says "the time has
come" for him to walk away
By Enis Koylu
Aug 27, 2014 17:33:00
Xabi Alonso has announced
his retirement from
international football after
earning 114 caps for Spain.
"I want to report that I have
finshed my time with the
Spain national team," he
wrote in an open letter. "The hardest part is
knowing when to say goodbye and, after much
thought, I think that time has come.
"I end with a glorious national team career that
began over 11 years ago, having been part of a
historical generation that has fulfilled the dream of
millions of fans, doing something as unique as
winning a World Cup and two European
Championships in four years.
"Since April 30, 2003, when I made my debut at just
21, I have experienced only good times, so I have
only words of thanks to all those with whom I have
shared more than a decade.
"I want to thank all my coaches, team-mates and
the millions of fans who have always shown me
kindness and respect.
Inaki Saez, the unforgettable Luis Aragones and
Vicente del Bosque are figures that I will always
carry with me for having helped me grow
professionally and personally.
"I could not list all the colleagues with whom I have
shared this shirt, but I want to thank each and every
one of them for all you have shown me and taught
me during this memorable period of my life.
"Thanks to Real Sociedad, Liverpool and Real Madrid
for opening the doors to be part of a single dream.
All my clubs have always helped and supported me
to make it happen.
"Finally, I want to convey my sincere thanks to the
fans. We dream together and share the glory
together. We had many unforgettable moments.
"Good luck to all who continue to work and fight for
this shirt, with the absolute conviction that they will
achieve new successes.
"Thank you all and goodbye."
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