Xabi Alonso and Samuel Eto'o retires from international football
Two high profile players called time on their international careers recently.
Spain's Xabi Alonso and Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o announced that they will no longer be wearing their national colours.
Alonso, 32, was part of the Spanish sides that won the past two European Championships in 2008 and 2012, as well as their first World Cup in 2010.
Eto'o, 33, played 116 times for the Indomitable Lions, winning two Africa Cup of Nations titles in 2000 and 2008 and is Cameroon's top scorer with 56 goals.
Playing days not over.
But their playing days are far from over.
Eto'o recently signed a two year deal to join Everton.
Meanwhile, Britain's The Guardian reported that Alonso is close to a £8m (S$16.5 million) move to Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid bought two high profile midfielders, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, during the close season, which has edged him to the fringes of the Real squad.
Alsonso did not play in Real's opening game against Cordoba and that has intensified speculations that a move to Germany is imminent.
Source: AFP, The Guardian, Twitter