While it is a season of defection in Nigeria, the in-thing as far as the Spanish national football team is concerned is retirement.

Barely 48 hours after Gerard Pique quit the team, Manchester City midfielder David Silva has also announced his retirement from international football.

He confirmed his decision with a statement on his Twitter account.

Silva was part of the Spain squads which won the 2010 World Cup as well as the Euros in 2008 and 2010, making 125 appearances over a 12-year span.

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"I leave felling happy with everything I have achieved," Silva wrote. "I lived and dreamed with a team which will be remembered forever; and I am bringing an end to an era filled with many moments which will live in my memory, such as the figure of Luis Aragones, a teacher I will never forget."

His final match was the penalty shootout defeat to Russia in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16.

Aside from Silva and Pique, Andres Iniesta also announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup. 

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