Robben bows out with Holland

11 October 2017 03:30:53 EST

Veteran winger Arjen Robben has retired from international football after the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.

The 33-year-old scored both goals as the Dutch ended their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Sweden, who now face a play-off after the loss allowed France to top Group A.

It's a good time to hand over the baton.

Arjen Robben

But, it is the end of the road for Robben, who scored 37 goals in 96 appearances for the Oranje, who was a part of the squad who reached the World Cup final in 2010 and made it all the way to the semi-finals four years later.

And the Bayern Munich ace is content that he has made the right decision, telling reporters: "I've been thinking about it for a long time. I have already considered it for a while, but then I went on. I wanted to finish this qualification.

"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 am very proud and honoured with my six tournaments. The most beautiful moments for me were the World Cups of 2010 and 2014, in which we were really a close team and a close group."

Robben has been with Bayern for just over eight years, having previously played for Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSV Eindhoven and Groningen.

He has helped the Bavarian giants to six Bundesliga titles, as well as Champions League glory in 2013.

Bayern can be backed at 1/33 to win the Bundesliga again this season, while they are 9/2 to triumph in the Champions League and 5/4 to lift the DFB-Pokal.

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