Injury prone winger Arjen Robben must discuss with Bayern Munich if he’ll accept the invitation to play for the Netherlands in November’s friendly matches.

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robben refAfter an uncharacteristic run of electric form unhindered by injury, Robben’s years seem to be catching up to him. Having spent a couple months on the sidelines after an injury during international duty, the winger is unsure if he will play in the upcoming friendlies with Wales and Germany. While some are calling for his retirement, the friendlies may signal his intent to stick around. Were he going to announce his retirement, a couple of friendlies would be a great swansong and goodbye, leading the team as captain in a couple games that have little at stake.

It seems more likely that Robben, should he decide to forego these friendlies would be looking to rest his vulnerable body while allowing the Netherlands to prepare for life without his service.

With his current style, an older, slower Robben would probably not serve his country well in 2018, however, he could still be an important part of qualifying for the tournament, and giving replacements like El Ghazi and Promes a bit more time to mature and settle in to the national set-up.

Robben sitting out these next two friendlies may be best for everyone around (except for the results of the upcoming games), in a time where experimentation should be applauded; however, Robben can still be important for Holland, and should not yet be considering hanging up his boots. His country needs him, and it looks like he still has the passion to play in orange.

Spencer Steevensz (104 Posts)

I'm a digital/social marketer out of Chicago. I grew up loving Dutch football - total football is the only way to play. I support PSV in the Eredivisie, and whatever team has the most Dutch guys on it in any other league. Hup Holland Hup!