Gerard Piqué to retire from Spain duty: ‘Some don’t think it’s OK for me to be here’


• Barcelona defender says 2018 World Cup would be his swansong
• ‘There are people who think it’s better if I’m not here,’ says Piqué

Gerard Piqué says the 2018 World Cup in Russia would be his final tournament with Spain because he feels he is not wanted in the national team.

The Barcelona defender made the announcement after Spain’s 2-0 win at Albania on Sunday in European qualifying for the World Cup. Spain currently top Group G, with only first place giving automatic qualification.

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