Netherlands captain Arjen Robben has retired from international football after his country failed to qualify for 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Bayern Munich forward scored a braceĀ  last night in Netherlands’ 2-0 win over Sweden, before confirming his retirement.

Robben said: “It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club.”

He made his debut in April 2003 and won 96 caps, scoring 37 times. Robben was part of the Dutch squads which finished third at the 2014 World Cup and lost the 2010 final to Spain. Netherlands’ Tuesday win was not enough to see them through to the world cup as finished third in their group.

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