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Gerard Pique confirms retirement from Spain national team to focus on Barcelona

Gerard Pique confirms retirement from Spain national team to focus on Barcelona

Spain centre-back Gerard Pique confirmed that he had ended a glittering worldwide career on Saturday, saying that the appointment of his former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique would not change his mind.

Pique's retirement announcement does not come as a surprise as he had made a statement back in October 2016 that he would quit global football after the FIFA World Cup 2018, held in Russian Federation.

Pique has accumulated 102 caps for his national team, a record that coincides with the most successful period in Roja history.

His expected decision comes despite former Barca boss Luis Enrique having since been appointed Spain's manager.

He said in a news conference, "I spoke to Luis Enrique a few days ago".

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"I have had a really good time, with a European Championship and a World Cup, but that story is at an end", he told reporters on Saturday prior to Barcelona's Supercopa clash with Sevilla.

"Playing for Spain was an awesome experience, and I was able to win the World Cup and the Euros. Now I want to focus on Barca", he added.

Lopetegui was dimissed by Spain on the eve of this summer's World Cup after it was announced he would be taking the job as Real Madrid manager immediately after the tournament in Russian Federation.

Piqué - who reached his worldwide century during the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation - was part of the successful squads that won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.


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