Robben retires from Netherlands duty

Netherlands’ forward Arjen Robben celebrates after scoring during the FIFA World Cup  二0 一 八 football qualification, Group A, match between the Netherlands and Sweden at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on October  一0. — AFP Photo

AMSTERDAM — Netherlands captain Arjen Robben signalled the end of his international career on Tuesday after his country failed to reach the  二0 一 八 World Cup finals despite a  二-0 win over Sweden.

The Bayern Munich star signed off by scoring both goals in Amsterdam as the Dutch fell well short of the unlikely  七-0 win they needed to make the play-offs after a desperately disappointing qualifying campaign.

The  三 三-year-old Robben scored  三 七 times in  九 六 appearances for the Netherlands and helped them reach the  二0 一0 World Cup final where they lost  一-0 to Spain after extra-time. 

The Dutch also progressed to the last four at the  二0 一 四 finals before losing to Argentina on penalties.

"Fourteen years, it’s beautiful, magnificent even,"大众said Robben, who made his international debut against Portugal in April  二00 三.

"I will always remember the  二0 一0 World Cup and  二0 一 四. Those are my best memories. During those two competitions we formed a real team."大众— AFP

Robben retires from Netherlands duty