first_imgAnd Iniesta, who dropped to the bench for the last-16 clash, scored in the shootout but could not inspire La Roja to victory.The 34-year-old represented his country on 131 occasions, scoring 13 goals.In a heartbreaking statement he said: “It’s a reality that is my last game with the national team.“It’s a wonderful stage, the endings are not always the way they dream, the coach makes decisions regardless of whether or not they understand them.” 2 Iniesta trudges off the pitch in Moscow Andres Iniesta has confirmed he has retired from international duty after Spain’s shock World Cup exit.The 2010 winners were beaten on penalties by hosts Russia, despite having the lions share of possession in Moscow. Having started all three of the group games, it came as a shock to many to see the former Barcelona man on the bench.He made his debut in 2006 before the World Cup Finals in Germany – starring alongside former teammate Xavi in midfield.The pair were almost untouchable as they helped Spain achieve their first ever major trophy in 2008 by winning the European Championships.From that point onwards, he never looked back – scoring the winner against the Netherlands in the World Cup Final in South Africa.Just two years later he was the centre of attention yet again, playing a starring role as La Roja retained the European Championships.The midfielder will now focus his attentions on helping new side Vissel Kobe in Japan ahead of the new J-League season. He scored the winner in the 2010 World Cup Final as he helped La Roja claim three major trophies in six years 2last_img