Pique announces end of Spain career
Gerard Pique has confirmed his international retirement after winning 102 caps for Spain.
The Barcelona defender made the announcement ahead of Sunday's Supercopa de Espana clash with Sevilla, revealing he had informed new national team boss Luis Enrique of his decision during a conversation between the pair.
"I spoke with Luis Enrique and told him that my decision has been made," Pique told the media.
"I had a really nice time with the Spain team, and I'm very happy to have been part of the success."
@3gerardpique: "I spoke with Luis Enrique and told him that my decision has been made. I had a really nice time with the Spain team, and I'm very happy to have been part of the success." pic.twitter.com/srfNfLqeFE
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 11, 2018
Pique - who reached his international century during the 2018 World Cup in Russia - was part of the successful squads that won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
He made his debut in February 2009, starting in a 2-0 win over England on home soil, and went on to forge a highly successful central defensive pairing with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos.
The decision to end his time with Spain hardly comes as a surprise, though, with Pique having previously hinted this year’s tournament may be his last involvement with La Roja.
The 31-year-old also came in for criticism in his homeland last year after declaring his support for the Catalan independence referendum, though he continued to be selected by then coach Julen Lopetegui.