Former Reds favourite Alonso hints at huge decision after World Cup

Xabi Alonso

Spain's World Cup and two time European Championship winner revealed he is waiting until after Brazil before reviewing his international availability.

There are few players from Rafa Benitez's successful spell at Anfield that are held in as high esteem as classy midfield playmaker Xabi Alonso.

The Spaniard spent 5 years at Anfield from 2004 to 2009, playing his part in the famous Champions League triumph in Istanbul and the FA Cup a year later. After earning a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid, Alonso has since won the hearts of the Bernabeu fans, and finally won his second Champions League trophy, and Real Madrid's tenth, this season, despite the 32-year-old being suspended for the final.

Such a successful career has inevitably led to much international recognition, and the ex Real Sociedad player is set to feature in his third World Cup in Brazil, looking to certain to add to his 111 caps for Spain.

But just how much that figure will increase is hard to predict, after Alonso, who has been continuously linked with a return to the Premier League since arriving in the Spanish capital, revealed he is considering packing in international football following this summer's tournament.

"I haven't decided whether I will quit Spain,” Alonso is quoted as saying in the Mirror. “I'm really focused on the World Cup and it depends how I feel after the tournament.

“I'll decide then. If my body responds and I feel as though I want to continue, then I'll continue."

There will be plenty of Spaniards, as well as Liverpool fans, who will be hoping Alonso will come out of the tournament feeling just fine, otherwise the current World Cup winners may end up losing another member of their golden generation.

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