Arjen Robben left the national team!

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Netherlands eliminated from World Cup contention despite win

ARJEN Robben scored two goals and then pulled the pin on his global career as the Netherlands missed out on qualifying for World Cup 2018.

The hosts needed to pip the Swedes on goal difference to have any chance of reaching the World Cup, by winning by seven goals. France beat Belarus 2-1 to seal top spot in the group and automatic qualification.

They have now missed out on a second major tournament after also failing in their bid to qualify for last year's European Championship in France.

Robben was part of the squads which finished third at the 2014 World Cup and lost the 2010 final to Spain.

He is joint fourth on the Netherlands' all-time goalscorer list, level with former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp.

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But Dick Advocaat's side were unable to increase their advantage after the break and will now miss the World Cup in Russian Federation next year, while Sweden will be in the play-off draw on October 17.

And Arjen Robben is doing his absolute best to ensure the Dutch perform the unlikeliest triumph since a team captained by Wes Morgan won the actual premier League.

Robben gave the Netherlands the lead when he converted - though only just - a 16th minute penalty with a fluffed Panenka chip.

"Normally it would be lovely, but it is tough not to go to the World Cup", Robben said, as he ended a career that had many high points on a low.

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