Dirk Kuyt has today announced his decision to retire from international football after 104 appearances for Netherlands.

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kuyt oranjThe 34-year-old Fenerbahce striker, who was named in the provisional squad for next month’s European Championship qualifiers, announced his international retirement through a statement on the KNVB website.

Kuyt said, “I want to be important in the Dutch team, but the coach explained to me that he no longer has a role for me I’d like,”

“I can see myself putting a lot of effort into Oranje and not playing much.”

“This goodbye is hard for me. In one fell swoop, I’m no longer an international, but an Oranje fan. It’s all still very fresh.

“I’ll miss everything about it but perhaps the goosebumps you get during the national anthem most of all.

“I consider playing for my country as the greatest honour there is and I’m thankful I had that opportunity.”

“I look back with great pride on ten wonderful years Dutch national team.”

Kuyt made his international debut in 2004 against Liechtenstein, and has since went on to win 104 caps, score 24 times, and feature in three World Cup tournaments, and two European Championships.

The players versatility was a great asset to the national team, as he was not only able to play up front, but also on the wing, or even at right back, the position he played excellently during last summers World Cup. His last international appearance was the 2-0 defeat to Italy last month.

Kuyt always gave 100% when he pulled on the national team jersey, and for that reason he will be sorely missed.

Bedankt, Kuyt!




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