Van Nistelrooy quits international arena

AMSTERDAM Mon Aug 4, 2008 10:52pm BST

Netherlands' Ruud van Nistelrooy celebrates his goal during their Euro 2008 quarter-final match against Russia at St Jakob Park stadium in Basel, June 21, 2008. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen

Netherlands' Ruud van Nistelrooy celebrates his goal during their Euro 2008 quarter-final match against Russia at St Jakob Park stadium in Basel, June 21, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Jerry Lampen

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has retired from international football, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said in a statement on Monday.

"After studying the schedule of Real Madrid and the Dutch team I realised ... playing for both teams would mean too tough a physical load for me and therefore I made this choice," the 32-year-old Van Nistelrooy was quoted as saying.

(Reporting by Theo Ruizenaar, editing by Rex Gowar)

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