Barcelona defender Gerard Pique retires from Spain duty

Aubrey Yates
August 12, 2018

The Barcelona defender made the announcement ahead of Sunday's Spanish Super Cup clash with Sevilla, revealing he had informed new national team boss Luis Enrique of his decision during a conversation between the pair.

The 31-year-old centre-back made 102 appearances for his country between 2009 and 2018, scoring five times.

Pique was an indisputable starter when Spain won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.

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Even before the World Cup, Pique had hinted that Russian Federation 2018 would be his last major tournament as part of La Roja.

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Pique has accumulated 102 caps for his national team, a record that coincides with the most successful period in Roja history. However, some reports claimed Pique was set to continue to play for La Roja after Luis Enrique, his former Barca manager, was appointed as Julen Lopetegui's permanent successor.

"I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago".

Pique is the latest member of the great World Cup-winning Spanish side to quit the national team, following the likes of former Barcelona teammates Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

"Playing for Spain was an awesome experience, and I was able to win the World Cup and the Euros. Now I want to focus on Barca", he said. 'I have a few years left here and I'm going to enjoy them a lot'.

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