Alexis Sanchez is immensely proud to be the player that holds both the goalscoring and appearance records for Chile
The 29-year-old forward told the Chilean FA that he would not be attending their friendlies with Japan and South Korea during the current international break following a difficult start to life at Manchester United.
But even so, Sanchez insists that he remains proud to represent his country at international level.
The Chilean was a key figure in winning back-to-back Copa Americas in 2015 and 2016.
Aside from that, Sanchez is Chile’s all-time record goalscorer with 37 goals and also holds the record for the most caps at 113.
“Being the top scorer for Chile and having the record of most appearances makes me feel proud of myself. Also of everything we have achieved, because, in the end, if you are the top scorer and you haven’t achieved anything, it doesn’t do you much good,” Sanchez told United review.
“Because of the way I am, I try my best every game. I want to keep evolving and strive to improve. I really hope to keep improving, to play another World Cup, to win another Copa America, to keep growing in the national team, scoring more goals, and continuing to give joy to the Chilean people.”
Sanchez was unable to help Chile qualify for the 2018 World Cup after their 3-0 defeat to Brazil in the final game meant they missed out on a qualification spot by a single point from Colombia.
“I think all the players are looking forward to the next World Cup [Qatar 2022]. They also feel sorry because we did not qualify to the Russia World Cup, and they regret it.
“Many players felt bad and were very sad because the World Cup is a beautiful thing. I played twice in a World Cup and three times with the Under-20 version, and the truth is that you live differently.
“I hope to go to another World Cup and gain the respect that Chile had before.”