Xavi and Pique come out of international retirement for Catalonia match

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Catalonia are set to field a star-studded line-up when they take on Venezuela in a friendly next week.Girona’s Estadi Montilivi hosts the encounter on March 25, which will be Catalonia’s first match to be played within an official FIFA window for international friendlies. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF ADVICE Gerard Pique retired from international football after last summer’s World Cup Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REPLY 3 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Pique is set to win his 10th cap for Catalonia having first debuted in 2004, and the legendary duo will be joined in the starting line-up by the likes of Marc Bartra, the former Barcelona defender, Sevilla full-back Aleix Vidal, and striker Sergio Garcia of Espanyol. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 REVEALED no dice shining 3center_img gameday cracker Kazakhstan vs Scotland (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2England vs Czech Republic (Friday) – talkSPORTWalsall vs Barnsley (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Shrewsbury vs Portsmouth (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2San Marino vs Scotland (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Netherlands vs Germany (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Deulofeu has been one of Watford’s standout players this season Xavi won 133 caps for Spain as well as representing Catalonia The 39-year-old is set to retire from playing entirely at the end of the season, meaning this will be the final time he represents Catalonia.It will be his 13th cap for the team. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade As the autonomous community is not registered with either FIFA or UEFA it can only take part in friendlies, and they are usually played outside the official fixture schedule.However, Venezuela visit next Monday, and manager Sergio Garcia is set to field a team including Barcelona legends Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez, both of whom have come out of international retirement for the match.It will be a particularly special occasion for Xavi, the midfielder, who currently plays for Al-Sadd in Qatar. There are seven live commentaries across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and where to hear them, below… RANKED There will also be representation from English football in the Catalonia squad, with Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu and Bojan, the Stoke forward, given permission by their clubs to play against Venezuela.Gerard Deulofeu could also be a late addition to the squad having put in a request to Watford’s management to be allowed to feature. LIVE on talkSPORT huge blow It is understood permission will be granted to the 25-year-old forward.However, some Spanish clubs have denied their players the chance to play for Catalonia, with LaLiga sides Rayo Vallecano, Huesca and Valladolid all refusing to release their players as they attempt to fight off relegation from Spain’s top flight.last_img read more