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Robben retires after Netherlands' World Cup exit

Robben retires after Netherlands' World Cup exit”

Arjen Robben has announced his retirement from the Dutch national team after the Oranges failed to qualify for the 2018 football World Cup.

Arjen's worldwide career spanned 18 years starting with the Netherlands U15 side and eventually becoming a senior star scoring 37 goals in his 96 appearances in the famous orange shirt.

Robben scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Sweden - but they were not enough for the Dutch to reach the play-offs.

Robben, who previously played for Groningen, PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid, can now focus on life away from global 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.

"Fourteen years, it's handsome, magnificent even", said Robben, who made his global debut against Portugal in April 2003. He participated in three European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012) and three World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014).

However, Dick Advocaat's side had needed to score seven times, leaving the third-placed team at the previous World Cup absent from the party at Russian Federation 2018.



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