Robben retired from International football following failure of his country to qualify for 2018 FIFA world cup Russia inspite of his brace. After the game the former Bayern Munich player said;
“I wanted to show one more time all the things that I can do”
The 33-year-old winger made his debut for the national team fourteen years ago and won 96 caps and scored 37 goals equaling former Arsenal Striker Dennis Bergkamp’s number of goals for Netherlands making them fourth on the Netherland’s all-time goal scorer list.
“It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club.” Said Robben.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid star who said he had been thinking about his international retirement for a long time remembers the 2010 World cup and 2014 as his best memories.
“I will always remember the 2010 World Cup and 2014. Those are my best memories. During those two competitions we formed a real team.” Added Robben.
During his international career, Arjen Robben played three world cups, scored six world cup goals, and made 29 assists.
Whereas his journey was disturbed by injuries no wonder he called himself a glass. Infact he was quoted saying;
“The man of glass has lasted the longest.”
Robben who said he already considered retirement for a while but had had to put it on hold because he wanted to finish the qualification. The good news is that he intends to do greater things in club career.
“I’m 33 years old now. I’m playing at a top club in Europe and I want to concentrate on it now. It’s also a good time to hand over the baton. I still feel very good and want to be at the top as long as possible.” Said the Dutchman.
Robben played for Netherlands nearly all the national youth teams including U15, U16, U17, U19, and U21 from the year 1999 to 2003.