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Arjen Robben retires from international football

Arjen Robben

Netherland’s Arjen Robben, left, greets supporters as he leaves the pitch flanked by his sons at the end of the World Cup Group A soccer qualifying match between the Netherlands and Sweden at the ArenA stadium in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. To add to the Dutch disappointment who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup tournament, star winger Arjen Robben announced his retirement from international football after the game. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)


The Netherlands couldn’t post the 7-goal win needed to overtake Sweden for a spot in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs, and that unsurprising failure has signaled the end for Arjen Robben in a Dutch shirt.

Robben scored twice as Netherlands beat Sweden on Tuesday, but the Swedes still claimed second place behind France in Group A.

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And, shy on goal difference of another World Cup appearance, the dribbling wizard is calling it a day.

The 33-year-old Bayern Munich man retired from international duty Tuesday, finishing his time in an orange shirt with 37 goals and 30 assists in 96 caps.

Those two goals pulled Robben into a tie with Dennis Bergkamp for fourth on the all-time Dutch list. The three ahead of him are Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and Patrick Kluivert.

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