Arjen Robben announced his retirement from international duties for the Netherlands after his two goals against Sweden were not enough for the Dutch to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid striker, 33, led his side to a 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday in what turned out to be his last international appearance as they lost in a playoff place.
The Netherlands needed to win Sweden by seven goals to have the opportunity to reach next year’s World Cup in Russia.
“I wanted to show once more all the things I can do,” Arjen Robben said after the game against Sweden.
Arjen Robben scored 37 times in 96 appearances for the Netherlands and was part of a generation of talent who reached the final of the 2010 World Cup, where they lost 1-0 to Spain in after extra-time.
The Dutch also advanced to the last four in 2014 final before losing to Argentina on penalties.
“Fourteen years, it’s beautiful, even magnificent,” said Arjen Robben, who made his first international appearance against Portugal in April 2003.
“I will always remember the FIFA World Cup 2010 and 2014. Those are my best memories, and during those two competitions we are a real team.”
Arjen Robben, who has had many injury problems over the years, was quoted by vi.nl as saying: “The glass man has lasted longer.”
“I’ve been thinking about it (international retirement) for a long time,” said Bayern Munich midfielder.
“I have considered it for a while, but then I continued, I wanted to finish this qualification.
“I’m 33 now, I’m playing in a high-level 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 great and I want to be at the top as long as possible, said Arjen Robben”