Will not return to Spain team: Gerard Pique
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has confirmed he won’t play once more for the Spanish nationwide crew regardless of his former Barca coach Luis Enrique being appointed as coach.
Pique declared his intention to give up worldwide soccer after the 2018 World Cup following a World Cup qualifier in opposition to Albania in October 2016, saying he was uninterested in repeated criticism from supporters and the media, and that he wished “to be left in peace”.
The outspoken Barcelona-born defender has by no means loved the identical rapport with Spain supporters as his worldwide teammates, and he has usually been booed at video games as a result of his repeated jibes at Actual Madrid and his assist for a referendum on Catalan independence.
Pique, 31, didn’t affirm his departure instantly after Spain have been eradicated by hosts Russia within the final 16 of the World Cup, however he stated he had already instructed Luis Enrique — who succeeded Julen Lopetegui final month as nationwide crew coach — that he wouldn’t be returning to the set-up.
“I spoke to Luis Enrique just a few days in the past. He referred to as me and I instructed him the choice was taken a very long time in the past and that I had considered it rigorously,” the defender instructed a information convention on Saturday forward of Sunday’s Spanish Tremendous Cup recreation in opposition to Sevilla.
“It was a good looking time with the nationwide crew 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 just a few years left right here and I`m going to take pleasure in them rather a lot.”
Pique performed 102 occasions for Spain and 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.