Spain vs Australia: Spain star Xabi Alonso denies reports he has retired from international football
Real Madrid man still unsure of his international future
Monday 23 June 2014
Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso has denied reports that he has retired from international football.
It was reported that the Real Madrid man had decided to quit the national set up after saying that Spain had lacked 'hunger' and 'ambition' following their defeat to Chile and elimination from the World Cup.
However Alonso has denied that this is the case, telling Spanish radio station Onda Cerro: "I'm still not at that moment, I want all this to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time. Right now is not the time."
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He also remained tight-lipped on reports that his post-match comments had caused upset among the squad, claiming that the mood in the Spanish camp was similar to that during their victorious Euro 2012 campaign.
"I'm not going to say what's happening in the dressing room, for me that should stay there," he said.
"The atmosphere and feeling in the dressing room is the same as it was two years ago. It's all very natural, there isn't the tension that you (the media) imagine there is."
The 32-year-old also appeared to backtrack on his previous comments which had questioned the attitude of his teammates.
"We know that we lacked intensity, but our enthusiasm has been the same as always," he said.
"The hardest thing was (to repeat) what we have already done, which is to win three competitions in four years."
Spain play Australia in their final group game this Monday.
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