David Silva has officially announced his retirement from international football following a sparkling Spain career, as reported by the BBC.
Since making his debut in 2006, Silva went on to make 125 appearances for his national side, scoring 35 times – placing him fourth on Spain’s all-time top goalscorers’ list.
Alongside goals and assists, Silva also collected medals during his international career. The Man City man was part of the Spain squads that triumphed at the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
Speaking of his experiences with La Roja, as quoted in the aforementioned BBC report, Silva stated that he “lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered.”
Not only are his international career achievements being celebrated, but Man City fans are delighted by the news that could allow Silva to extend his club career at the highest level.
At 32-years-old, by relieving himself of international duties, Silva can allow his body greater recovery periods and rest between matches.
Many Man City fans took to Twitter after the announcement to congratulate the midfielder and enjoy the good news from a City perspective…
David Silva has retired from the Spanish national team. Brilliant news as his only focus now will be #mcfc.
— TheMCFCView (@TheMCFCView_) August 13, 2018
I hate to sound selfish, but I'm glad David Silva has retired as an international.
Now he's all about #mcfc and that'll do me
— (((Fifthcolumnblue))) (@Fifthcolumnblue) August 13, 2018
Just had a heart attack when I read “David Silva has retired” thankfully it was followed by “from international football”
— Gilly (@GillyClarkeMCFC) August 13, 2018
Good luck now he can concentrate on our team
— akankunda garasiano (@akankundaga) 13 August 2018
Brilliant, so city will the whole of his footballing attention now.
— ‘dipo abijo (@dippyalone) 13 August 2018
It’s only been in recent years that David Silva has truly got the credit he deserves. One of the greatest footballers to ever grace the pitch, arguably the best Spanish player to ever play in the Premier League. Now time to focus on that Champions League he’s missing! pic.twitter.com/4T7yPnWYes
— MCFC (@CityCenturions8) 13 August 2018