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David Silva has no plans of retiring from international football

Spain international David Silva has stressed that he has no plans of retiring from international football in the near future. The Manchester City star came off a brilliant season in the Premier League where the Citizens won the title in a historic fashion and he is presently with the Spain national side at the World Cup.

Speaking to Marca, Silva indicated that he is not thinking about stepping down from international football and believes his game has improved with the experience gained, he said: “Of course, I'm older, but I don't have an expiry date. I'm not thinking about retirement and for as long as I feel this way I will continue to be available for selection. I've always been mentally strong, otherwise I wouldn't have been around this long, when I feel that I'm not contributing I'll raise my hand and say so. I've always put in a big physical effort, I'm playing more centrally now. I think I'm a better footballer now for all of my experience.”

Silva could not quite influence the game during the 3-3 draw against Portugal in the opening game of the World Cup but the Spaniard was much better against Iran, where La Roja secured a close 1-0 victory. The Asian outfit had come with a defensive frame of mind for the encounter but the former World Cup champions edged the game with Diego Costa once more finding the scoresheet.

As such, Spain now require a solitary point against Morocco to progress to the round of 16 but caretaker boss Fernando Hierro will surely be eyeing another victory to take the group honours ahead of Portugal and Iran, who are due to face in each other. Spain could tackle one of Uruguay or Russia in the first knockout round of the World Cup.

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