Despite scoring a brace in the Oranje’s 2-0 win over Sweden, the Bayern Munich star and his teammates couldn’t get the 7-0 win they needed on Tuesday night to make the European playoffs.
The match proved to be the last international for Robben who, after 37 goals in 96 internationals, received a standing ovation as he limped through the final minutes.
Robben said after the game: “We knew we didn’t have a chance but it was an amazing game. It hasn’t been an easy decision but I am 33 and now must give my full focus to my club.”
The opening goal followed a handball by Swedish defender Victor Lindelof, although Robben miscued a cheeky chip from the penalty spot and was fortunate that goalkeeper Robin Olsen had already committed to dive.
Robben’s second goal, however, was a sweeping finish after the ball was laid back to him in the Swedish area. It was to be his last in the famous ‘Oranje’ national team shirt.
The flying Dutch winger isn’t the only superstar of the game who will miss out on Russia 2018 though.
Here we look at a Best XI who will miss out on the tournament:
Goalkeeper: Jan Oblak (Slovenia and Atletico Madrid)
Rightback: Antonio Valencia (Ecuador and Manchester United)
Centreback: Virgil van Dijk (Holland and Southampton)
Leftback: David Alaba (Austria and Bayern Munich)
Right wing: Arjen Robben (Holland and Bayern Munich)
Midfield: Naby Keita (Guinea and RB Leipzig)
Midfield: Arturo Vidal (Chile and Bayern Munich)
Left wing: Christian Pulisic (United States and Borussia Dortmund)
Striker: Gareth Bale (Wales and Real Madrid)
Striker: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia Dortmund)
Striker: Alexis Sanchez (Chile and Arsenal)