Dutch winger Arjen Robben in the aftermath of Netherlands’ shocking exit in the UEFA World Cup qualifier has announced his retirement from the national team with immediate effect. Robben was pivotal while playing his 96th match for the oranges where he produced two lethal strikes one in the 36th minute and the other in almost blink of an eye at minute 37th against Sweden at the Amsterdam Arena. Albeit Netherlands picked up the win at home but their win wasn’t enough to give them a place in the World Cup qualifying play-offs.  

His goals were enough for a 2-0 victory, but not enough for a place in the World Cup qualifying play-offs because for that only a win with a margin of seven goals was sufficient, reports Xinhua news agency. After seeing the dreadful result, Robben decided to call time from the Netherlands national team. Stating his reason for this unexpected retirement, Robben said that he is 33-years old and in order to play for a big club stature like Bayern Munich, he has to make choices. “I am 33 years old now, play for a big club in Europe and have to make choices,” Robben said. “I thought about this for a long time,” he added.

It was almost 14 fourteen years ago when the former Chelsea and Real Madrid winger at the age of 19. The Bayern Munich winger played crucial role in three European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012) and three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014). Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat also paid his tributes to perhaps one of the best winger Oranges ever had. “Arjen was, still is, one of the best players in the world. He’ll still do his job at club level,” Advocaat was quoted as saying. “But it’s a real miss of the national team, playing without him, because he’s such a quality player. We’ll miss him, no doubts about that,” he added.

First Published | 11 October 2017 3:45 PM
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