Spain captain Sergio Busquets will NOT rush into a decision over international retirement after their painful Euro 2020 exit to Italy on penalties
- Spain crashed out of Euro 2020 after losing to Italy on penalties at Wembley
- Sergio Busquets said he won’t rush into a decision over whether or not to retire
- After his performances for Spain he will be urged to stay another 18 months
- Should Busquets agree, he would be available for the upcoming World Cup
Sergio Busquets said he would not rush into a decision over whether or not to retire after going out of the Euros on penalties.
The Barcelona midfielder will be 33 next week and had already indicated that this was his last Euros and possibly his last tournament with the national team.
But, after outstanding performances for Spain, he will be urged to stay another 18 months to the next World Cup.
Sergio Busquets won’t rush into a decision over whether to retire after Euro 2020 exit
Spain crashed out of Euro 2020 after losing to Italy on penalties at Wembley on Tuesday night
‘I don’t know,’ he said when asked if this was his last game for Spain at the final whistle.
‘This is not the time for that decision, this is the time to be a little bit sad and very proud and to look forward to the future with lots of optimism.
‘We have a great group to go into the next World Cup. We can be very proud of this team.’
As a result, Italy will progress through to the final on Sunday where they will face either England or Denmark – who are set to go head-to-head on Wednesday night
While Busquets insists he is ‘proud’ of Spain’s performance at the European Championship
Spain had struggled without Busquets in their first two games.
And, at Wembley, they faded when he went off against Italy, everything in between was a masterclass in midfield.
With teenager Pedri doing his running the expectation is that he can play until Qatar.
‘It’s a shame that we couldn’t take the final step but the team will be back in the next tournaments,’ he added.
We played our football and I think we were better than them but we can only congratulate them.’
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