Bayern Munich player, Arjen Robben announces his retirement from international duty after Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Dutch’s bowed in respect as he scored for his side in their last Qualifiers match against Sweden on 10th October,2017.
The first goal from a penalty in the 16th minute and he doubled the lead in the 40th minute. “That’s wonderful. I’m so grateful. I’ve played here for 14 years” Arjen Robben said in reply to how he felt when the fans sang his name. “I’ve witnessed so many wonderful things. If it’s so well appreciated by the Dutch fans, then I can only be grateful” he added.
The 33 year old midfielder has 96 caps, 37 goals and 29 assists for Holland. He is now 4th on Netherlands’ highest scorer list, tied with Arsenal legend, Dennis Bergkamp. “It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now I must give my full focus to my club” the Bayern Munich midfielder said.
Arjen Robben‘s brace in their 2-0 win against Sweden was not enough to seal a World Cup spot for Netherlands. They needed more goals to do that and it was impossible for one match to produce all the goals.
Netherlands sits 3rd in Group A below France and Sweden. After 10 Qualifying matches, Netherlands were leveled with Sweden on 19 points but Sweden gets drawn in the play-off on goal difference advantage. Sweden came 2 with 17 goal difference and Netherlands had 9, hence making it for the play-off an opportunity to try and qualify.