Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is rumoured to be considering ending his international retirement, which could see him return to the Spain national team in time for the 2022 World Cup.
Pique has not played for La Roja since the 2018 World Cup, which ended in disappointment thanks to an underwhelming group-stage performance and a last-16 exit on penalties.
The three-time Champions League winner and 2010 World Cup champion earned his 100th cap in 2018 but walked away from international football soon after that elimination.
The tournament in Qatar will kick off in less than eight months’ time and El Mundo has reported that Pique is minded to declare himself available for selection once more after four years out of the fold.
It is said that Xavi’s arrival as coach at Barcelona has been a factor in Pique re-thinking his international status. As things stand, there has been no formal communication with Spain boss Luis Enrique, who also coached the player at Camp Nou, but there will be if nothing else changes.
The same report adds that, despite Spain’s progress since 2018 and focus on a new younger generation of players, Enrique ‘would not hesitate’ to call Pique back into the squad.
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was Pique’s first. He also played in 2014, when Spain were surprisingly knocked out at the group stage whilst reigning champions, and he featured in European Championship tournaments in 2012 and 2016 as well.
Pique has been a regular starter for Barcelona at club level this season, only missing a handful games when either suspended or nursing minor injuries.