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Arjen Robben announces international retirement

Robben announces international retirement
By Eurosport

10/10/2017 at 23:32Updated 10/10/2017 at 23:42

Arjen Robben announced his retirement from the international game after scoring twice in the Netherlands' 2-0 win over Sweden.

Robben's double at the Amsterdam ArenA was not enough to help the Dutch qualify for the 2018 World Cup as Sweden secured a play-off place from Group A courtesy of a superior goal difference to Dick Advocaat's side.

The 33-year-old - who appeared in six major tournaments - played 96 times for his country, scoring 37 goals over 14 years.

"It's a good time to pass the torch to the next generation," he said.

The Dutch captain helped his country reach the World Cup final in 2010 where they lost 1-0 to Spain after extra-time before they finished third in Brazil three years ago.

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But the Bayern Munich winger could not help his country reach the Euro 2016 finals or Russia in 2018 with the Dutch facing a six-year absence from tournament football if they qualify for Euro 2020.

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