World Cup 2010: Spain Defender Carles Puyol Delays Retirement Decision

Puyol mulling over his Spain future...
Spain defender Carles Puyol has declared that he is weighing up representing la Furia Roja beyond the 2010 World Cup.

The Barcelona centre-back, who scored Spain's winning goal against Germany in the semi-finals, had been linked with retirement from international football after the World Cup.

He has now indicated he is considered staying on with la Furia Roja after a meeting with the Spanish Football Federation's sporting director Fernando Hierro and national team coach Vicente del Bosque.

"Honestly, this is not a decision that I have made. The truth is that, a year ago, I had things more clear than now, I had almost decided to retire from international football," Puyol told EFE.

"Those are normal things in football, but you talk to your team-mates, the coach, Hierro, who are very important people to me and that make you think.

"The decision has not been made. I think about playing the World Cup final, giving my best and trying to help the team reach our big dream."

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