Report: World Cup Winner Carles Puyol To Retire From Spain Duty

The Barcelona center-back has decided to call it a day.
World Cup winner Carles Puyol appears to have called time on his international career. The Barcelona center-back had pin-pointed this moment back in last November as the end if Spain were to be crowned world champions, becoming the first European team to lift the cup outside of their own continent.

Spanish sports daily Marca claims that the 32-year-old now believes that after a fairytale ending it is the perfect time to make his decision to end his international career. After 90 caps, Puyol believes his time come, and coincidentally, he has finished his international career against the same team he played in his first international ten years ago; however, this time the meeting with the Netherlands was by no means a friendly and the outcome was quite the opposite.

Carles Puyol has now reportedly asked not to be included in the squad for the game against Mexico on the August 11. The decision of the Barcelona captain was pending a meeting with Spain coach Vicente del Bosque and sporting director of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Fernando Hierro, which took place five hours before presenting his plans to the Spanish football federation.

Despite Del Bosque wanting Puyol to continue towards the 100-cap milestone, Puyol has fixed his mind on concentrating on the rigors of club football.

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