Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from international football following the Netherlands’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Arjen Robben scored both Netherlands’ goals in Tuesday evening’s 2-0 win over Sweden in Group A.
However, Dick Advocaat’s side could not overturn their opponents’ superior goal difference in a bid to reach the playoffs, condemning the Dutch to a second successive tournament absence.
“I want to focus on my club now,” the Bayern Munich veteran told reporters after the match in Amsterdam. “It’s a good time to pass the torch to the next generation.”
Robben ends his international career with 37 goals in 96 appearances, having first donned the Holland shirt in 2003.
Undoubtedly Arjen Robben’s finest moment came in 2010 when he helped Holland to reach the World Cup final – although he was unable to come home with a medal after Spain defeated them 1-0.
Four years later he was part of Louis van Gaal’s squad that defeated hosts Brazil to seal third-place at the showpiece.