According to reports in Spain, Xabi Alonso has decided to retire from international football.
Xabi Alonso : “When I spoke of the lack of hunger, I wasn’t speaking of commitment or cohesion in the group, but more during our games we couldn’t deliver that competitive intensity that you need in these finals.”
“The feeling is the same with all of my colleagues that I have spoken to,” he said. “We haven’t been at the right level, and we have lacked that tension needed.”
“On a footballing level, we made a lot of errors. We lost that know-how, that extra something that won so many games for us and the truth is that we didn’t have that same excitement as we have in other tournaments. We weren’t up to the challenge and we’re deservedly out of the competition now”, he added.
Xabi Alonso was heavily criticized by the Spanish media after Spain’s 2-0 defeat to Chile, but according to Marca he made a decision before the World Cup. Xabi Alonso has made 113 appearances for his country, scoring 16 goals, winning Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
The Chelsea target told Marca.com: “I don’t agree with his comments. Everybody here was focused on winning.”
“I’m here because I wanted to win, I wanted to reach the final and do a good job, but it wasn’t to be. We obviously lacked something, but in terms of quality, we’re superior to many other teams.”