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Spain News: Iniesta hints at international retirement

12 months ago

In the latest Spain news, Andres Iniesta has hinted he may bring his international career to an end after this summer’s World Cup.

The Barcelona ace will go down as one of the greatest players in Spain’s history when he does ultimately decide to hang up his boots.

He played a pivotal role in helping La Roja claim European Championship glory in 2008 and 2012 as well as their maiden World Cup crown in 2010.

Indeed, arguably the most important contribution Iniesta has made during his international career was by scoring the winning goal during the 2010 World Cup final, one of the 13 strikes he has managed from 123 appearances for his country to date.

There could still be more to come for Iniesta, who is expected to form part of Julen Lopetegui’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia – potentially his seventh major tournament – although he has indicated it could be the last time he pulls on a Spain jersey.

“At the moment, naturally, this World Cup will possibly be my last appearance for the national team,” he told Cadena Ser’s El Larguero radio show. “I don’t want to be around just because of who I was. For the moment and with everything, it’s similar to what happens to me in my club.”

Spain will step up their preparations for this summer’s tournament with friendlies against Germany and Argentina over the coming days, with Iniesta expected to feature in at least one of the games.

Spain will be hoping to strike a psychological blow by beating two of their main rivals for overall glory in Russia.

They have been drawn in Group B for this summer’s tournament and will take on Portugal, Morocco and Iran.