Spain supervisor Luis Enrique has revealed that Gerard Pique was on his preliminary 55-player shortlist for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar previous to his shock retirement.
Pique confirmed in current weeks that he can be leaving Barcelona this month and wouldn’t think about taking part in for every other membership.
His closing match for Barça got here in a win at Camp Nou in opposition to Almeria, whereas he was despatched off as an unused substitute of their comeback victory at Osasuna.
Enrique confirmed his 26-player squad to move to Qatar on Friday, with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Thiago Alcantara omitted from the ultimate roster.
And the Spain boss has since admitted that Pique was in competition to go to at least one final World Cup earlier than retiring altogether.
“Sure, Gerard was on the pre-list,” Enrique mentioned. “He is likely one of the most essential centre-backs in Spain of all time and I put him on the checklist not as one of many first choices, however as a chance if anybody dropped out.
“Pique is a aggressive beast, a fantastic participant. Final season, he ended up taking part in injured and producing wonderful performances like all the time. That’s the reason he was on the checklist.
“For me, he is a superb centre-back. One other factor is the scenario along with his membership, however I can not management that. He’s a top-level centre-back. I ended up going for continuity, although, which is why I picked others ultimately.”
Pique ended his profession with 102 caps for Spain, profitable the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with La Roja.