Netherlands legend Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from international football. 

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The 33-year-old, who now plays in Qatar with Al-Gharafa, made the decision after speaking with new Oranje boss Ronald Koeman, who told Sneijder that he wants to bring through new talent.

Koeman said on the KNVB website, “Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers of recent years.

“A great player with a great appearance. But I want to select and build a new Oranje and therefore have to make choices.”

Sneijder himself understands Koeman’s choice,  “When I left for Qatar, I knew of course that that could have an impact on my career as an international. Moreover, I understand that Koeman wants to make a new start with other, younger players. We spoke very openly about this and that was a very pleasant conversation. I respect his choice. ”

Sneijder made his Netherlands debut against Portugal in 2003. He went on to make 133 appearances in Oranje and represented his country at three World Cups and three European Championships. He netted 31 goals and contributed 31 assists.

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