Playoff-bound Sweden beaten as Robben signs off in style for Dutch


Arjen Robben retired from worldwide football after Netherlands' failure to qualify for the World Cup was confirmed with Tuesday's 2-0 win over Sweden.

But Dick Advocaat's side were unable to increase their advantage after the break and will now miss the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, while Sweden will be in the play-off draw on October 17.

Robben, who played at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, scored 37 goals in 96 appearances in an worldwide career that spanned 14 years.

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Robben enjoyed a fabulous worldwide career after he burst onto the scene aged 19 in a friendly against Portugal back in April 2003.

His goal tally is tied for Dennis Bergkamp for the most in Dutch history, while he has the ninth-most caps.

After the final whistle, the Swedish players went to their changing room to celebrate, leaving the stage free for Robben to say farewell to the fans. "It hasn't been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club", said Robben.

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Arjen Robben scored or assisted a goal once every 112 minutes for the Netherlands (37 goals, 29 assists).

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.

Despite not ever winning a major tournament, Robben reached three World Cup finals and three European Championships for the Dutch.

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