Andres Iniesta announces his worldwide retirement

Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from international football

Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from international football

Spain legend Andres Iniesta confirmed his retirement from worldwide football following his nation's round-of-16 elimination to Russian Federation.

"This was my last game for Spain", Iniesta told reporters. 'A marvellous spell is over.

"Sometimes, the end does not happen the way you dreamed it would, and is instead marked by the circumstances".

Iniesta made a grand total of 131 appearances for his country, with one goal in particular remembered by all those in Spain.

Chelsea midfielder Fabregas has won one World Cup and two European Championships with the Spanish national team. "It's a hard moment, one we have been through on various occasions - we weren't capable of going that little bit extra".

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Iniesta said he had no complaints about being left on the bench by coach Fernando Hierro, before being brought on during the second half.

Spain captain Ramos, who said it was "very hard" to take his country's "painful" World Cup exit, did not address his own future plans but said he was sure his national side would be back competing for trophies at the next global tournaments.

"There is relief, players are there, the important thing is to find the way to success again, it is not easy, it is more complicated than it seems, but the National Team will continue", said Andrés Iniesta in Moscow (via sefutbol).

Russian Federation is staging its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a spectacular opening show at the Luzhniki Stadium on the night of June 14.

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