Xavi made his international debut in the year 2000 and was capped 133 times for his country. The experience Spaniard was part of the Spanish side who won back to back European championships in 2008 and 2012, whilst also adding a World Cup medal to his trophy cabinet in 2010.
The influential midfielder named player of the tournament at Euro 2008 feels that now is the right time to retire from international football given his frustrations at Barcelona’s poor form last season and the Fifa World Cup, “I was disappointed on two levels at the end of last season as I did not feel useful to Barca or to the national team”.
“Brazil was disappointing for everyone collectively and for me also individually and the fact that I did not take part in the decisive game against Chile was a personal disappointment.”
Xavi will now focus solely on club football and has confirmed he will see out the remaining two years of his Barcelona contract.