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Xavi calls time on international career

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Spain midfielder Xavi has announced his retirement from international football.

The 34-year-old Barcelona man holds the record number of caps for a Spanish outfield player with 133.

Only goalkeeper Iker Casillas has played more games for Spain.

Xavi played a key role in Spain’s golden period during which time he helped La Roja win the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European championships.

Although he has called time on his international career Xavi will continue to play with his club Barca under new coach and former teammate Luis Enrique.

On his retirement Xavi said: “I leave satisfied with my job, very proud and happy. I wish them all the best. I am also happy because Vicente del Bosque continues as coach. I wish them all the best. From now on I am just another fan of the Spanish national team. But I think that my time there has come to an end. Thank you very much to everybody.”

Xavi made his international debut for Spain in a friendly against the Netherlands in 2000.

His final appearance was also against the Dutch but in a humiliating 5-1 defeat in their opening group match of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.