Robben retires from international football

first_imgArjen Robben Robben retires from international football after Netherlands miss World Cup Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:05 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(10) Arjen Robben Netherlands Sweden Getty Images Netherlands Bayern München Bundesliga Netherlands v Sweden WC Qualification Europe The attacker scored a double for his country as they fell short of making Russia in what has turned out to be his final international game Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from international football following the Netherlands’s failure to make the 2018 World Cup.The Bayern Munich attacker scored both goals for the Oranje as he captained his side to a 2-0 victory over Sweden on the final matchday of UEFA World Cup qualification.While the result brought the Netherlands level on points with Sweden for the play-off places, Robben and the Dutch lost the tie-breaker to the Swedes due to an inferior goal difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The brace today means Robben finishes his international career with 37 goals in 96 caps. 112 – Arjen Robben scored or assisted a goal once every 112 minutes for the Netherlands (37 goals, 29 assists). Farewell. pic.twitter.com/macLLT3ROE — OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) October 10, 2017 The 33-year-old made his debut with the national team in 2003 and was a key figure in multiple Dutch successes on the international stage, incluing playing in the 2010 World Cup final in the extra-time loss to Spain.He also scored three goals in the Netherlands’s semi-final run in the 2014 tournament in Brazil. While Robben continued to have success for the Oranje following the 2014 World Cup, the same could not be said for his team, as they failed to qualify for the expanded Euro 2016 and have now missed out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Robben finishes his international career having averaged a goal or assist every 112 minutes for the Netherlands, adding 29 assists to his 37 goals.last_img read more