Arjen Robben Retires From International Football After Netherlands World Cup Failure
Arjen Robben announced his retirement from the Netherlands after his two goals against Sweden were not enough for the Dutch to qualify for the World Cup.
Robben goals were not enough for the Dutch to reach the play-offs.
The Bayern Munich forward said: “It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club.”
The Netherlands needed to win by seven goals to have the chance to reach next year’s World Cup in Russia.
Robben made his debut in April 2003 and won 96 caps scoring 37 times for the Netherlands and was part of a talented generation that reached the 2010 World Cup final where they lost 1-0 to Spain after extra-time.
His dinked penalty and 20-yard shot put the Dutch 2-0 up early on against Sweden on Tuesday night but the Netherlands needed to win by seven clear goals to overtake Sweden and take second place.
“Fourteen years, it’s beautiful, magnificent even,” said Robben, who made his international debut against Portugal in April 2003.
“I will always remember the 2010 World Cup and 2014. Those are my best memories. During those two competitions we formed a real team.”
The Bayern Munich midfielder added: “I’ve been thinking about it (international retirement) for a long time.
“I have already considered it for a while, but then I went on. I wanted to finish this qualification.
“I’m 33 years old now. I’m playing at a top club in Europe and I want to concentrate on it now. It’s also a good time to hand over the baton.
“I still feel very good and want to be at the top as long as possible.”