Andres Iniesta has confirmed he has played his last game for Spain after they crashed out of the World Cup on penalties to Russia on Sunday.
The 34-year-old had said in May that he was likely to step aside from La Roja after the tournament, although he later said he couldn’t rule out a return. However, after coming off the bench in Spain’s exit, he confirmed his plans for his international retirement
“It’s a reality that this is my last game with the national team, on a wonderful stage,” Iniesta, who scored the winner in Spain’s World Cup final victory over Netherlands in 2010, said.
“The endings are not always the way we dream. The national team will continue to be successful because of the level of players we have and that is what they should try. It would be an advantage to say that Lopetegui’s thing has to do with the result, in the end those of us who have the ball are the players. The main culprits in football are the players that are the ones on the field,” he said.