March 4, 2018 / 11:16 AM / 4 months ago

Dutch midfielder Sneijder calls time on international career

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Midfielder Wesley Sneijder ended his record-breaking career with the Netherlands by announcing his retirement from international football on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO - First training for Wesley Sneijder as new player of OGC Nice team footbal soccer in Nice, France, August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet

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.

“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,” Koeman said in the statement.

The 33-year-old Sneijder said he knew his international career would be in jeopardy when he left Nice in January to play at Al Gharafa in Qatar.

“On top of that I understand that Koeman wants to start a new era with newer, younger players. We spoke about this openly in a friendly discussion and I respect his decision,” Sneijder said.

The KNVB said they would now discuss with Sneijder a possible role for him in the national team structures once he stopped playing and had achieved the necessary coaching qualifications.

Sneijder last June set a new record for most caps by a Dutch international 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.

He made his debut in 2003 and was a World Cup runner-up in South Africa in 2010.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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