He scored twice, they beat Sweden 2-0, but that was kind of… too little too late for the Dutch, as they needed an… impossible 7-0 win to finish on top of the Swedes and try their luck in the World Cup playoffs.
After the Netherlands’ 2-0 win, the scorer, Arjen Robben, announced his retirement from international football, having scored 37 goals in 96 appearances with the Oranje.
If you’re at school, children who play football, you give everything to win. If you don’t succeed, that’s a huge disappointment. Then it’s okay to be sad, but better times are coming
the Bayern Munich winger told reporters, talking about the future of football and the national team in the Netherlands, looking confident that the Dutch will bounce back, after missing both the World Cup finals next summer, and Euro 2016 last year.
As for the Dutch fans’ farewell to him, chanting his name at Amsterdam ArenA, Robben had one word more than any other to thank them: grateful.
That was wonderful. I’m so grateful. I’ve played here for 14 years. I’ve witnessed so many wonderful things. If it’s so well appreciated by the Dutch fans, then I can only be grateful
he said. Robben is not the only one who feels hopeful about the future of the national team though. Daryl Janmaat joined in, explaining why he is hopeful the team will bounce back.
Everyone is being real negative, that’s easy. We have enough good players. We are in a difficult period now. That’s clear and also very painful. But you see we’re better than most of the countries, like Sweden. We were better two times. That is why it’s extra painful we don’t go to the World Cup. But thinking of the future of the team, in all honesty, I see it positive