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Puyol commits to Spain

Centre-back stays on until European Championship

By Francisco Acedo.   Last Updated: 01/08/10 9:42pm

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Puyol: Staying on

Puyol: Staying on

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Spain defender Carlos Puyol has confirmed he will be playing international football for another two years.

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Reports had suggested the 32-year-old centre-half was considering retirement following Spain's World Cup success in South Africa this summer.

La Roja won a first world title in their history despite losing their opening game of the tournament, and Puyol headed in a crucial winner against Germany in the semi-finals.

He will now try and help Spain defend their European title in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, following discussions with coach Vicente del Bosque and sporting director Fernando Hierro.

He said: "After turning the matter over in my mind a lot, I have decided to continue for two more years with the national team, after talking to my team-mates, the coach, Fernando Hierro and friends I opted to take this decision."

Puyol, who was named in the team of the World Cup, has been a mainstay in

Spain's back four since making his debut back in November 2000.

The Barcelona stalwart currently has 90 caps for Spain and is now likely to complete a century of appearances for his country.

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