Robben retires from Netherlands duty after World Cup qualification failure

Netherlands eliminated from World Cup contention despite win

Arjen Robben retires from Netherlands squad after failing to reach World Cup

The Bayern Munich midfielder made his global debut in a friendly against Portugal in 2003, and was part of the Netherlands side that lost 1-0 to Spain in the final of the 2010 World Cup, before being handed the captaincy of the national side in 2015.

Arjen Robben left national team!

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.

Robben scored his first goal from the penalty spot, though he nearly messed up the Panenka finish as the ball dribbled over the line past the outstretched boot of goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

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

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

Netherlands ideally needed a three or four goal advantage at half time to really rattle the Swedes, who took the life out of their opponents by surviving the opening 20 minutes of the second period without scare.

Yet they have now missed out on a second major tournament after also failing in their bid to qualify for last year's European Championship in France.

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

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