WC Failure Sees Robben Retire From The Netherlands
World Cup Failure Sees Arjen Robben Retire From The Netherlands
After failing to lead the Netherlands to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, national captain Arjen Robben announced his retirement from international football.
The Dutch, who needed to beat Sweden 7-0 on the night to have any chance of reaching the finals, only managed a 2-0 win, both goals coming from the Bayern Munich star.
Robben, who has had plenty of injury problems over the years, told members of the media after the match that the decision has been coming for a while, and that he is now ready to focus on his club career with Bayern.
"I've been thinking about it for a long time," Robben said, as quoted by ESPN.
"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.
"I am very proud and honoured at my six tournaments. The most beautiful moments for me were the World Cups of 2010 and 2014, in which we were really a close team and a close group. But there are many beautiful moments, 14 years is a long time."
Robben, who played at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, scored 37 goals in 96 appearances for the Netherlands.
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