Spanish midfielder David Silva has joined compatriots Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique in retiring from international football.Silva was brought into the side by the late Luis Aragones and shone as Spain triumphed in Euro 2008, winning their first major trophy since 1964.

The 32-year-old Manchester City playmaker won the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, a key player during Spain’s golden era.

Silva scored 35 goals in 125 games for the national team over 12 years and was described as ‘Spain’s Lionel Messi’ by former coach Vicente del Bosque.

The midfielder was part of the squad which was surprisingly eliminated by hosts Russia in the last 16 of last month’s World Cup.