Spain's Andres Iniesta retires from global football following World Cup exit

04 July, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • GETTYRoberto Martinez is currently manager of Belgium

I've already said it a lot of times.

Andres Iniesta confirmed his worldwide retirement immediately after the game and Gerard Pique is set to join him. "A marvellous spell is over".

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

With 131 appearances, Iniesta was Spain's fourth-most-capped player, behind Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xavi Hernandez.

Andres Iniesta, 34, and Gerard Pique, 31 - who won the World Cup alongside Ramos in 2010 - have already confirmed that they are leaving the national setup following a third straight disappointment at an global tournament.

"We screwed ourselves because we didn't manage to make that extra step". The coach takes decisions whether you agree with them or not. "The coach understood that it was better that way". We've achieved great success, things that we all dreamed of since we were kids, but also great deceptions and hard moments. We will be back at big tournaments again. Akinfeev said the team had hoped to beat Spain in regular time and not have to go to penalties.

Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest scorer of an own goal in World Cup history when the 38-year-old gave Spain an early lead at the Luzhniki Stadium.

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Spain coach Fernando Hierro said it was not the right time to contemplate his future after the 2010 champions crashed out to World Cup hosts Russian Federation on penalties in the last 16 on Sunday. "On a personal level, it's the end of a wonderful phase".

"We're the toughest judges of ourselves and we'll see what things can be improved". It was not to be.

Spain have stuck with that philosophy as they chase down further major honours, but their efforts this summer are considered to have lacked a spark as they play in front of opponents rather than around them.

"To whom supported, suffered and criticised us with respect, thanks".

"I'm proud of them as captain because we put our souls into trying to win out there".

"Russia had a plan, which was exactly that", he said. "VAR is there to help, and the referee did not whistle it".

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