WESLEY SNEIDJER; Dutch legend retires.

March 05, 2018

Wesley Sneijder, the Netherlands all-time record caps holder, announces international retirement..
The decision follows discussions with new Dutch coach Ronald Koeman, who went to see him in Qatar, the Dutch football association KNVB said in a statement.
The former Everton and Southampton boss travelled to Qatar to visit Sneijder, who now plays club football for Al Gharafa, to discuss his international future.
"Wesley is one of the best Dutch internationals in recent years, an amazing player with a great attitude. But I want to build a new team and therefore have to make choices," said Koeman
Sneijder set a new record for most caps by a Dutch international last June when he played for a 131st time and his 133rd and last cap came in November's 3-0 away win against Romania in a friendly.

Sneijder represented his country for 15 years after making his debut in a friendly against Portugal in 2003, and was a World Cup runner-up in South Africa in 2010.
The KNVB says they are planning an 'appropriate farewell' for the 33-year-old, who scored 31 goals in 133 appearances for the Netherlands.
Following their discussions, Sneijder said: "When I left (for Al Gharafa), I knew, of course, the influence that this move to Qatar could have on my career as an international.

"In addition, I understand that Koeman wants to make a new beginning with other, younger players. We were very open and that was a very pleasant conversation. I respect his choice."
Koeman, who was appointed as Netherlands manager last month, said: "Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers from the past few years. A great player with a great look.
"But I want to be selecting and building a new Oranje and must therefore make choices."

He leaves behind so many incredible memories and will forever be remembered as one of Oranje's greatest ever players.


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