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Xabi Alonso announces international retirement

MADRID — Spain’s Xabi Alonso has called time on his international career, having won the World Cup, two European championships and 114 caps.

In a stellar career that spanned 11 years, since his debut against Ecuador in April 2003, Alonso was a crucial part of the all-conquering Spain team that shed their “underachievers” tag to dominate international soccer for six years.

“I quit the Spanish National Team. The hardest thing is knowing when to say goodbye, and after thinking about it, I think that my time with the National squad has come to an end,” the 32-year-old said in a statement on the Spanish soccer team’s official website.

Herald staff with Reuters

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