By Emmanuel Okogba
Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from Netherlands football team after meeting with newly appointed coach Ronald Koeman.
The former Real Madrid midfielder now 33, agreed to walk away from international football the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) announced.
Pouring encomiums on the 2010 world cup finalist, Koeman said “Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers of recent years,”
“But I want to build a new Oranje and I have to make some decisions.”
Sneijder admits the continuation of his international career was in doubt after he switched to Qatar for club football.
“When I left for Qatar, I knew of course that this could have an impact on my career as an international,” he said.
“I also understand that Koeman wants to make a new start with younger players. We spoke very openly about this and it was a very pleasant conversation.
“I respect his choice.”
Sneijder made his senior Netherlands debut in a friendly against Portugal in April 2003.