Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from international football after 133 caps gained in 14 years.
The Dutch playmaker made the decision after meeting he had with the new national team coach, Ronald Koeman.
Koeman had flown down to Qatar, where Sneijder now plies his trade, to have a talk with him.
After the talk, Sneijder, now 33, elected to retire as he said this is in line with Koeman’s vision for the team moving forward.
He said, “When I left for Qatar, I knew of course that this could have an impact on my career as an international.
“I also understand that Koeman wants a fresh start with younger players. We spoke openly about it and I respect his decision,” he said.
Koeman heaped praise on the midfielder, calling him “one of the best Dutch footballers of recent years”.
Sneijder made his debut for the national team in 2003 in a friendly against Portugal.
He played for his country three European championships and three World Cups with the final of the 2014 World Cup the closest they came to winning, losing 1-0 to Spain in the final.
The team has been underperforming, culminating in not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.