The ‘Glass Man’ Arjen Robben Ends International Career

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Netherlands captain Arjen Robben has retired from international football after his side missed out on a place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Robben scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Sweden – but they were not enough for the Dutch to reach the play-offs.

The Bayern Munich forward said: “It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club.”

Robben made his debut in April 2003 and won 96 caps, scoring 37 times.

He is joint fourth on the Netherlands’ all-time goalscorer list, level with former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp.

His dinked penalty and 20-yard shot put the Dutch 2-0 up early on against Sweden on Tuesday night but the Netherlands needed to win by seven clear goals to overtake Sweden and take second place.

Robben was part of the squads which finished third at the 2014 World Cup and lost the 2010 final to Spain.

“Fourteen years, it’s beautiful, magnificent even,” said Robben, who made his international debut against Portugal in April 2003.

“I will always remember the 2010 World Cup and 2014. Those are my best memories. During those two competitions we formed a real team.”

Robben, who has had plenty of injury problems over the years, was quoted by vi.nl as saying: “The man of glass has lasted the longest.”

The Bayern Munich midfielder added: “I’ve been thinking about it (international retirement) for a long time.

“I have already considered it for a while, but then I went on. I wanted to finish this qualification.

“I’m 33 years old now. I’m playing at a top club in Europe and I want to concentrate on it now. It’s also a good time to hand over the baton.

“I still feel very good and want to be at the top as long as possible.”

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