Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football. Alonso played a vital role in Spain’s historic success in recent years, controlling games with his intelligent passing and excellent defensive work. The 32-year-old featured in six major tournaments in all, earning a winners medal at Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2012. The former Liverpool midfielder – one who played an instrumental role in the Reds Champions League final comeback in 2005 – made his international debut in April 2003 in a 4-0 win over Ecuador, and went on to win 113 caps and score 16 goals for his country.