Dutch national team captain Arjen Robben spoke to the NOS after the 3-1 win against Belarus.

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The result leaves Netherlands chances of reaching the World Cup play offs all but over, with a seven-goal win needed over Sweden on Tuesday.

After the game, Robben said, ”Officially we are not eliminated but it certainly looks that way. We heard before the game that it was 1,2,3 and it eventually ended up 8-0 for Sweden.

”It was going to be tough to win 8-0 but you can only try to play well and score goals and achieve the victory for our own pride.

”I am the first to state that we must keep going until the last minute. We must try to play a good game against Sweden but we must also be realistic that we will not be able to beat Sweden 6-0 in Amsterdam. I hope that our supporters will still come to the stadium.

”We put a lot of energy into this qualifying campaign. Personally, at the risk of sounding sentimental in 14 years of playing for the national team, I missed one European Championship and now probably a World Cup too and that hurts. But that’s part of football.

”Now is not the time to talk about my international future. Let’s play the game against Sweden and then take it from there.”

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