Pique announces international retirement

Spain centre-back Gerard Pique confirmed that he had ended a glittering international career, saying that the appointment of his former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique would not change his mind.

The 31-year-old made the last of his 102 international appearances in Spain's World Cup last-16 loss to Russia last month.

"I talked to him (Enrique) a week or two ago. I told him that the decision was already made," Pique said ahead of this morning's Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta had alsoquit the national side after the World Cup. - AFP