Villa confirms Spain swansong
David Villa (AFP)
Madrid - Spain's all-time leading goalscorer David Villa said he will retire
from international duty after the World Cup in Brazil, in an interview
broadcast on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old striker, who signed for
New York City FC this week after helping Atletico Madrid win the Spanish
league, said he was now focussed on trying to win a second World Cup
for Spain in his last matches with 'La Roja'.
"Obviously this is
my last World Cup and also no doubt my last matches with the national
team," he said in an interview with Spanish television channel Cuatro.
think that because of my age, my capacity and all I have given, it is
now time," he said, interviewed in Washington, DC where Spain were
training ahead of a friendly against El Salvador on Saturday.
I don't like talking about (retiring) before the World Cup has even
started. It will happen after the World Cup. What I want now is to enjoy
it from the first day and have a great World Cup."
game will be Spain's last before they kick off their defence of the
World Cup on June 13 against the Netherlands, their opponents in their
2010 World Cup final triumph.
Villa is the all-time top scorer in
Spain's national team with 56 goals.
He netted four in Spain's 2008
European Championship-winning campaign and five in Spain's run to the
World Cup crown in 2010 and now heads to Brazil for what will be his
third World Cup.
He joined Atletico from Barcelona last summer and helped the capital side to their first Spanish league title in 18 years.
Atletico also reached the final of the Champions League but were beaten 4-1 after extra time by rivals Real Madrid.
Villa's club career has also included stints at Valencia, Real Zaragoza and Sporting Gijon.
Earlier this week he signed a three-year deal with the new Major League Soccer team New York City FC.
York City FC coach Jason Kreis said Villa was "undoubtedly one of the
most accomplished players and best strikers in the world".