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Arjen Robben retires from worldwide football after Netherlands World Cup disappointment

Arjen Robben retires from worldwide football after Netherlands World Cup disappointment Arjen Robben retires from worldwide football after Netherlands World Cup disappointment
Kristopher Love | 11 October, 2017, 02:09

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.

The Dutch national football team's star footballer Arjen Robben, despite winners, announced that he has ended his national career after World Cup qualifying game against Sweden.

"I wanted to show one more time all the things that I can do", Robben said.

But Dick Advocaat's side were unable to increase their advantage after the break and will now miss the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, while Sweden will be in the play-off draw on October 17.

The Sweden centre-back hooked a clearance into his own arm, and Robben fortuitously scuffed the spot kick past Robin Olsen with a scuffed panenka.

The encounter proved to be the last global for the 33-year-old Robben, who after 96 caps, received a standing ovation as he limped through the last minutes.

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

Arjen Robben scored or assisted a goal once every 112 minutes for the Netherlands (37 goals, 29 assists).

After finishing third at the 2014 World Cup, the Dutch missed out on a second straight major tournament after also failing to qualify for Euro 2016.