Farewell: Dutch Star Robben Retires From Int’l Football After Holland Fails To Qualify For World Cup
Dutch icon Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from international football on the same night he scored a brace against Sweden. He scored both goals as Holland won on Tuesday night but failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
The flamboyant winger was pictured close to tears before and after the Group A World Cup qualifier at the Amsterdam Arena. “It’s a good time to pass the torch to the next generation,’ he conceded after the game.
He added that Holland failing to qualify for a World Cup finals for the first time since 2002 had become a formality before Tuesday’s tie. In April 2003, he made his Netherlands international debut in a friendly match for the Oranje against Portugal at age 19.
He said: “We knew we didn’t have a chance but it was an amazing game. I wanted to show one more time all the things that I can do. It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club.”
The 33-year-old’s 14-year international career has been full of success. He scored a total of 37 goals and assisted 29 times in the 96 games he played for his country.