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Gerard Pique retires from Spain duty

13 August, 2018, 08:32 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Barcelona defender Gerard Pique retires from Spain duty

File image of Gerard Pique.

'It was a lovely time with the national team in which I had the chance to win the World Cup and the European Championship.

'I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed that he is stepping down from global football following a disappointing World Cup for Spain.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed he will not play again for the Spanish national team despite his former Barca coach Luis Enrique being appointed as coach. He had said that he was exhausted of repeated criticism and wished to be "left in peace".

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"I talked to [Luis Enrique] two weeks ago, I told him that the decision was made a while ago", said Pique, who made his global debut in a friendly in 2009.

Spain got crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the Round of 16 after losing on penalties to host country, Russia. "Now I want to focus on Barça".

The 31-year-old, who has been outspoken about his support for Catalan independence, never enjoyed the same rapport with Spanish fans, who consistently booed him during practice sessions.

The Barcelona man is one of 13 players to have reached a century of caps for Spain and was a key player in their victories at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique announces his retirement from global duty with Spain, having won 102 caps for his country.

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