3/5/2018 10:32:37 PM (GMT+3)

Wesley Sneijder announces international retirement

Wesley Sneijder announces international retirement

DOHA: Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who helped Qatari side Al Gharafa hold Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli to a 1-1 draw in the AFC Champions League here on Monday, announced his retirement from international career after 14 years and a record 133 caps during a golden era for his country.

Alongside Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Mark van Bommel, he propelled the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, where an extra-time goal from Andres Iniesta helped Spain win the title.

The 33-year-old joined Gharafa in January after an unimpressive six-month stint at Nice in France.

The Netherlands didn't qualify for the 2018 World Cup despite having reached the 2014 semifinals. They recently appointed Ronald Koeman as the new national coach.

Sneijder,  played at three European Championships and three World Cups in the orange shirt and still a deadly finisher as he's in devastating form in the Qatar Stars League.

In club football, he had stints at Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, with whom he won a Serie A, Italian Cup and Champions League treble in 2010.

 

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