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Arjen Robben retires from Netherlands duty after Sweden defeat

Arjen Robben retires from Netherlands duty after Sweden defeat”

Netherlands required a 7-0 victory to secure a World Cup play-off spot ahead of Sweden but could only manage a 2-0 win thanks to Arjen Robben's double.

Netherlands will be absent from the 2018 World Cup after failing to overcome a massive goal difference against Sweden.

His haul of 96 caps also makes him their ninth most regular worldwide, though that impressive figure remains one clipped by numerous injuries.

Robben enjoyed a fabulous worldwide career after he burst onto the scene aged 19 in a friendly against Portugal back in April 2003.

In the second half the Dutch team was not able to continue with the same tempo and rhythm.

Robben ended his worldwide career with 37 goals from 112 appearances.

"We knew we didn't have a chance but it was an incredible game". "I wanted to show one more time all the things that I can do", he said.

Missing out on the World Cup caps a remarkable demise for the Netherlands, who were runners-up at the 2010 tournament in South Africa and third in Brazil in 2014.

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 Russian Federation.

Robben's second goal, however, was a sweeping finish after the ball was laid back to him in the Swedish area.



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