Silva announced his decision, which came just two days after the announcement made by Gerrard Pique that he too was leaving the Spanish national side, with an open letter published on the website of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
Silva took to his Twitter account to announce his retirement on Monday, "It is not easy, after everything I have experienced, to sit down and write this letter". Without a doubt it is one of the hardest decisions in my career'. "The national team gave me everything and helped me grow as a player and a person", he said.
The Spaniard enjoyed a stellar 12 years with the national team, winning a remarkable 125 caps along the way after making his debut back in 2006.
"I can not leave without thanking my teammates, all the coaches who had faith in me and with the RFEF employees, who give it all to make our life easier".
"I lived and dreamed with a team that will forever be remembered", his statement read in part. And of course, the fans who have always given me their support and respect every time I wore the Spain shirt.
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Silva found the back of the net 35 times in his 125 appearances for the 2010 FIFA World Cup champions.
"Thank you, good luck and farewell!".
The midfielder was part of the squad which was surprisingly eliminated by hosts Russian Federation in the last 16 of last month's World Cup.
Aragones, who was coach when Spain won the 2008 Euros, died four years ago.