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WC Failure Sees Robben Retire From The Netherlands

World Cup Failure Sees Arjen Robben Retire From The Netherlands

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 11, 2017 08:03 AM @KeeganKruger

After failing to lead the Netherlands to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, national captain Arjen Robben announced his retirement from international football.

Dutch World Cup Dream Dashed Despite Robben's Heroics

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."

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Robben, who played at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, scored 37 goals in 96 appearances for the Netherlands.

Do you think it is the right time for Robben to retire from international football? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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kzorog Joined: 13 Jan 2017
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kzorog Oct 12, 2017 11:55 AM
Good he's the only player der
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musah005 Joined: 05 Mar 2017
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musah005 Oct 11, 2017 09:08 PM
Ahhhh the bald one, one of the best of his generation,a great left-footer and a nightmare winger for the defenders!
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Oct 11, 2017 02:32 PM
Bye bye roben
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TrueLegend Joined: 14 Jun 2015
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TrueLegend Oct 11, 2017 02:26 PM
Good
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Khosification Amu86 Oct 11, 2017 01:29 PM
This guy really looks 40 or more
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Gofa@123 Oct 11, 2017 12:32 PM
He did very well for the Country. Though I still feel he could have done better on the 2010 WC were missed Two clear scoring opportunities against Spain in the final. Otherwise a great servant of the game, He will be miised on International level.
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tiyiselaM Oct 11, 2017 11:44 AM
Bafana Bafana shall qualify, I said it, it is done.
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tiyiselaM Joined: 04 Apr 2014
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tiyiselaM Oct 11, 2017 11:42 AM
It's time my brother, you gave your best.
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Warras4khosi Oct 11, 2017 10:50 AM
It's good to hang-up when you are still on top of your game bra
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Mor93 Oct 11, 2017 10:40 AM
World cup qualifiers this tym where so hard to predict
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Dumanie Joined: 12 Jun 2016
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Dumanie Oct 11, 2017 10:15 AM
Ayi ayi 33?henter looks 44.bayern must sell him
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@El Professor Joined: 15 Sep 2017
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@El Professor Oct 11, 2017 09:38 AM
Whr is van persie myb they could hv done better. They hv snubbed the likes of Huntelaar an Sneidjer an van persie the hollads player with most caps an its abt tym Robbern go too..
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Nyoninyoni Oct 11, 2017 09:24 AM
They laughed and laughed after beating my beloved Spain. Now these bunch of cows are failing to even make it there, lol go home madala.
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mkhok Oct 11, 2017 08:24 AM
what a player i remmember 2014's wc when he destroy spain...for more info ask pique & ramos
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Genito13 Oct 11, 2017 08:20 AM
what a servant of the game this guy has been
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City_Barca_Bucs Oct 11, 2017 08:18 AM
Don't change the subject cowditor,messiah's wonderfull leftfoot sends argentina to wold cup
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Shain wa le khosi Oct 11, 2017 08:10 AM
stalwart retire baba u've given the dutch ppl ur best

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