Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed he has ended his glittering international profession with the Spanish nationwide staff regardless of his former Barca coach Luis Enrique being appointed as coach.
The 31-year-old declared his intention to stop international soccer after the 2018 World Cup saying he was uninterested in repeated criticism from supporters and the media, and that he wished ‘to be left in peace’.
‘I spoke to Luis Enrique a couple of days in the past. He known as me and I advised him the choice was taken a very long time in the past and that I had considered it rigorously,’ the defender advised a information convention on Saturday forward of Sunday’s Spanish Tremendous Cup recreation in opposition to Sevilla.
‘It was a gorgeous time with the nationwide staff wherein I had the possibility to win the World Cup and the European Championship. Now I wish to give attention to Barca,’ he stated. ‘I’ve a couple of years left right here and I will take pleasure in them loads.’
Pique who made the final of his 102 international appearances in Spain’s World Cup last-16 loss to Russia, represented his nation at two European Championships and three World Cups, serving to his nation win their solely world crown in 2010 and triumphing at Euro 2012 two years later.