August 4, 2008 / 7:47 PM / 9 years ago

Van Nistelrooy quits international arena

<p>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.Jerry Lampen</p>

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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