Andres Iniesta retires from international football after 2018 World Cup exit

Andres Iniesta retires from international football after 2018 World Cup exit

- 34-year-old former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta has announced his retirement from international football

- He made the announcement after Spain's defeat against Russia in the knock out stage at the 2018 World Cup

- Iniesta Played 131 times for Spain scoring 13 goals and winning the 2010 World Cup

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has retired from international football after his country's defeat against Russia in the round of 16 clash at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The 34-year-old Spanish play-maker came off the bench in the penalty shootout defeat against the hosts as they were sent packing early.

Andres Iniesta who scored the winning goal for Spain at the 2010 World Cup final played 131 times for his country scoring 13 goals and winning one World Cup and two European Championships.

"It's a reality that is my last game with the national team.

"It's a wonderful stage, the endings are not always the way they dream, the coach makes decisions regardless of whether or not they understand them." Iniesta said according to UK Sun.

Iniesta played for Spain at the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-21 levels before making his international debut in 2006.

He helped Spain win Euro 2008, playing every game and being selected in the Team of the Tournament.

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Earlier, had reported how Russia who are the hosts of the 2018 World Cup qualified for the quarter final of the championship after beating 2010 champions Spain via penalties.

Russia will have their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev to thank as the CSKA Moscow goalie saved two penalties to to help his country reached the last eight of the 2018 World Cup.

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