Arjen Robben may retire from Netherlands duty

Robben flies the Dutch nest

Robben flies the Dutch nest

Arjen Robben retired from worldwide football after Netherlands' failure to qualify for the World Cup was confirmed with Tuesday's 2-0 win over Sweden.

Robben was the best player on the pitch against Sweden and led by example as captain, scoring twice to take his global tally to 37 goals and making himself a constant threat from the right flank. His goals were enough for a 2-0 victory, but not enough for a place in the World Cup qualifying play-offs because for that only a win with a margin of seven goals was sufficient, reports Xinhua news agency.

Robben, who previously played for Groningen, PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid, can now focus on life away from worldwide football and look at finishing his playing career on a high at Bayern Munich. "I am 33 years old now, play for a big club in Europe and have to make choices", he said.

Robben made his debut for the Dutch team on April 30, 2003, against Portugal at the age of 19.

Robben has had an impressive run in global and club football but has failed to add a World Cup winner's medal to his collection, finishing runner up in 2010 and third in 2014. He finished second with the Dutch at the World Cup in 2010 and third in 2014.

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