Dutch national team captain Arjen Robben spoke in the press conference ahead of the Netherlands v Sweden match in Amsterdam on Tuesday. He stated that he deemed it inappropriate to talk about potential international retirement.

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Netherlands face an impossible task to reach the World Cup play offs on Tuesday, with a seven-goal win needed against Sweden. The likely failure to make it to Russia has sparked talk that Robben will announce his international retirement.

Robben said, ”I am taking part in this press conference because I am captain of the Dutch national team and a player must accompany the manager to the press conference.

”7-0 is a big score and I believe the most important thing for us tomorrow is to perform well and win the game and that is our goal tomorrow.

”We must continue to play with pride. I have already made clear in the match before we played Belarus that I would not be making a statement as regards to my international future during the upcoming fixtures and also not even before the Sweden game.

”I believe that it is inappropriate to talk about my international future. It’s not about me it’s about the Dutch national team and we must get a good result tomorrow. I hope that the Johan Cruyff ArenA will be full and we must perform well.”

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