Robben retires from Netherlands duty after World Cup qualification failure

Annette Crawford
October 13, 2017

Netherlands captain Arjen Robben has retired from global football after his side missed out on a place at next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Robben scored two goals in his 96th match for the Netherlands, his 36th and 37th goal for the Dutch, against Sweden in the Amsterdam Arena on Tuesday. It was a bittersweet moment for the 33-year-old veteran, since the Dutch needed to score five more goals to qualify for the World Cup finals next year. The encounter was the last worldwide for the 33-year-old Robben, who after 96 caps, received a standing ovation as he limped through the last minutes.

Robben, who previously played for Groningen, PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid, can now focus on life away from worldwide football and look at finishing his playing career on a high at Bayern Munich. "I thought about this for a long time".

Robben has had an impressive run in worldwide and club football but has failed to add a World Cup winner's medal to his collection, finishing runner up in 2010 and third in 2014.

However, Dick Advocaat's side had needed to score seven times, leaving the third-placed team at the previous World Cup absent from the party at Russian Federation 2018.

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