Manchester City midfielder David Silva has announced his retirement from international football, thus bringing an end to a 12-year-old career with Spain. Silva represented Spain on 125 occasions after making his debut in 2006 and scored 32 times. Also Read - Andres Iniesta Opens up on Struggle With Depression Months Before 2010 FIFA World Cup

The 32-year-old helped Spain lift their first World Cup title in 2010, and also played a part in back-to-back European Championship triumphs in 2008 and 2012. Also Read - Football is Made For Strikers, Says Star Barcelona Defender Gerard Pique

In an open statement on Twitter, Silva said that he was “very proud” of his achievements with La Roja and that the decision to retire was “one the most difficult of my career”. Also Read - Fernando Torres to Hang Boots After Match Against Andres Iniesta, David Villa

“I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered. It has not been easy, after all I’ve experienced, to write these lines,” he added.

The Spanish stalwart further said that he spent weeks considering his retirement from international football. “The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person. I leave proud and happy, bringing an end to a time full of emotions and memories, like of the figure of Luis Aragones, a maestro who will never be forgotten,” he insisted.

Silva is the third Spain star to announce his retirement from international football following the nation’s World Cup last-16 exit at the hands of hosts Russia. Barcelona’s 31-year-old centre-back Gerard Pique on Saturday also confirmed his retirement from the international game.

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