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Iniesta out of Spain squad

Andres Iniesta has been ruled out of Spain's upcoming matches against France and Macedonia through injury.

The midfielder is struggling with a knee problem that forced him to miss Barcelona's match with Villarreal at the weekend and he will not be available to national team coach Vicente del Bosque.

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Alonso retires from international duty

Alonso
Alonso won it all with Spain's golden generation. Credit: PA

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football.

The 32-year-old was a member of the Spain squads which won the World Cup in 2010 and European Championships in 2008 and 2012 during a sustained period of dominance - but that run came to an end with a miserable World Cup in Brazil this summer as they were dumped out before the group stages had even concluded.

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I announce my retirement from international football. It's been an enormous honour for 11 great years. Sincere thanks to everyone involved.

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