Spain's Amat retires from international soccer

  • Spanish forward Pol Amat, who made more than 300 appearances for his country, has announced his retirement from international soccer at the age of 34.

    The 2008 world player of the year told reporters on Thursday he would still continue to play for his club Egara in his native Catalonia for another year.

    Amat competed at five Olympic Games, helping Spain take home silver in Atlanta in 1996 and at the Beijing 2008 Games.

    He also took part in the London Games but was forced out of the tournament after dislocating his shoulder in a match against Australia.