Netherlands’ captain Arjen Robben has called it a day on his 14-year long international career. The fleet-footed forward scored two brilliant goals in a victory over Sweden but could not help his side book a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Dutch needed to beat Sweden by 7 goals but Robben managed just two. After finishing runners-up in the 2010 world cup, third at the 2014 World Cup, the Dutch missed out on a second straight major tournament after failing to qualify for the Euro 2016.
The 33-year-old, who made his debut against Portugal in April 2003, played at the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups, has scored 37 goals and assisted 29 in 96 appearances for his country. Robben was extremely prolific for the Dutch scoring or assisting a goal every 112 minutes. Robben has represented his country at six major tournaments and is among the all-time top scorers for his country tying for fourth with Dennis Bergkamp. His 96 caps make him the 9th most capped Dutch player, a figure that could have amassed if not for his numerous injuriesInjuries have held Robben back, but now the winger says he is ready to focus on his club career with German champions Bayern Munich. Robben was a part of the golden generation of the Netherlands that came close to winning the World Cup in 2010 and 2014 and he admitted he was mulling retirement for a while now. A tough decision, but rightly taken. We wish him the best for his future endeavors.