Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has retired from international football at the age of 38.

Last February, Stekelenburg replaced Andre Onana as first choice Ajax goalkeeper after his suspension. The stopper’s performances earned him his spot back in the Netherlands squad and he was first choice for Euro 2020.

However, the 38-year-old has now decided to retire from international duties with the confirmation coming after Louis van Gaal named his first Netherlands provisional squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Speaking to the Ajax website, Stekelenburg said, “The European Championship has been a nice closing event. After that tournament, I talked to my manager Rob Jansen, among others, about my future at the Orange squad and we came to the conclusion that this was my last tournament.

“I will be 39 years old next month and it is important for me to rest during international weekends. I look back on a wonderful time at Oranje.”

Stekelenburg made his international debut in 2004 and earned 63 caps for his country.




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