Former Netherlands boss Bert van Marwijk has reacted to Royston Drenthe’s retirement at the age of 29.

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Drenthe, who has been without a club since leaving UAE side Baniyas in the summer, announced his retirement on Thursday as he wishes to concentrate on his rap career.

Van Marwijk, who handed Drenthe his one and only Netherlands cap, believes its a shame that someone as talented as Drenthe has ended his career so prematurely.

He told De Telegraaf, “It’s always a shame when players with talent stop so young.

“I gave Royston his debut in Oranje. I saw in him a guy who had the potential to become a Roberto Carlos- or Marcelo-like left back. It is very unfortunate that is not true.”

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