Gerard Pique was on Spain World Cup shortlist before retirement

Spain manager Luis Enrique has revealed that Gerard Pique was on his initial 55-player shortlist for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar prior to his shock retirement.

Pique confirmed in recent weeks that he would be leaving Barcelona this month and would not consider playing for any other club.

His final match for Barça came in a win at Camp Nou against Almeria, while he was sent off as an unused substitute in their comeback victory at Osasuna.

Enrique confirmed his 26-player squad to head to Qatar on Friday, with the likes of Sergio Ramos and Thiago Alcantara omitted from the final roster.

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