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Xabi Alonso retires from Spanish national team

The Spanish football federation announced Alonso's decision.

Ian Walton

It's official. After Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez decided to retire from International activity after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Xabi Alonso has taken the exact same decision. This is good news for Real Madrid, as the player will not have to travel with Spain during International breaks, meaning that the risk of him getting injuries has decreased as well.

Alonso is clearly aging, so this could only help his career with Real Madrid after getting a contract extension last year. The midfielder won the 2008 and 2012 Eurocups and the 2010 World Cup during his numerous caps with the Spanish national team.

"I announce my retirement from international football. It's been an enormous honour for 11 great years. Sincere thanks to everyone involved."

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