Arjen Robben retires from Netherlands national team

Result Dutch fall short in Sweden win

Result Dutch fall short in Sweden win

Missing out on the World Cup caps a remarkable demise for the Netherlands, who were runners-up to Spain at the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and third in Brazil in 2014, with Robben again in the side, in a semi-final defeat by Argentina.

The Bayern Munich winger did all he could to help the Dutch try to reach the playoffs but the 2-0 win over Sweden was not enough to leapfrog the Scandanavians into second place in Group A.

Elsewhere, Portugal secured their place at next summer's World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland, while Belgium ran out 4-0 winners against Cyprus, with Romelu Lukaku getting in on the act after coming on as a second-half substitute.

The Netherlands, a three-time World Cup runner-up, has now missed out on the World Cup after failing to qualify for last year's European Championship in France. He fired up his team, urging them forward and fell to his knees, pounding the turf with both hands, when he hit an inaccurate pass.

Arjen Robben left national team!

Netherlands came out on the front foot and took the lead in the 16th minute after Victor Lindelof was penalised for handling the ball in the box.

"Arjen was one of - still is - one of the best the world", coach Dick Advocaat said.

Robben ended his worldwide career with 37 goals from 112 appearances.

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