| BASEL, June 21
BASEL, June 21 Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van
der Sar said he was ending his international career with the
pain of defeat after they lost 3-1 to Russia in Saturday's Euro
The 37-year-old, who had announced that his career with the
national team would end after Euro 2008, also said he would play
only one more season with European champions Manchester United.
"Until this match, it all was nice and we received a lot of
international praise, but we could not take that extra step
towards the semi-final and final -- and that hurts," Van der Sar
told reporters after their extra-time defeat.
Capped 128 times for his country, his career was finally
ended by goals from Russia substitute Dmitry Torbinsky and man
of the match Andrei Arshavin, who threaded Russia's third
between the Dutchman's legs from close range.
The man who launched his international career in 1995 as
Netherlands coach at the time, Guus Hiddink, was also the one
who brought it to an end on Saturday as manager of a Russia side
that were just too good for the Dutch.
"The good feeling just was not present today," Van der Sar
said. "In the first half they really put us under pressure.
"In extra time I really had the idea that we could go
through if we managed to get into the penalty shootout."
That optimism may well have been founded on his performance
in last month's penalty shootout in Moscow, when his heroics
won the Champions League final for United against Chelsea.
Looking back at his career, he said: "I really enjoyed it
all these years, but it has been enough.
"I only will stay one more year at Manchester United."
Van der Sar, who joined United from Fulham in 2005, agreed a
contract extension last December that will take him through to
the end of the 2008-09 season, when United will be bidding for a
third consecutive Premier League title.
(Editing by Trevor Huggins)