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Xabi Alonso retires from Spanish national team

Marca reports that the midfielder made the decision well before Spain's disastrous World Cup.

Julian Finney

Xabi Alonso is 32 years old, and he will now focus on his career with Real Madrid. Marca reports today that the midfielder has decided to retire from national duty, but also that he made this decision before the World Cup started. Alonso has been one of Vicente del Bosque's main players since the 2010 World Cup title. Now, Spain's manager will need to find a replacement.

It's good to see that Alonso is retiring from the national side. His body is clearly not the same and he will certainly have a lot more time to rest without having to play those many friendly matches in distant venues. He will now be able to contribute a lot better to Real Madrid. International friendlies are always annoying, and Real Madrid lost Sami Khedira for six months in one of them. Furthermore, the players always struggle to get back to rhythm with their clubs in what is known as the FIFA Virus.

Alonso has had a good career for Spain, he has won it all and the best he can do now is focus on his club.

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