Previous
AS Roma
Lazio
1
3
FT
Game Details
Manchester United
Swansea City
1
1
FT
Game Details
Middlesbrough
Manchester City
0
0
LIVE 8'
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
Arsenal
3:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Crotone
AC Milan
1
0
LIVE 13'
Game Details
Internazionale
Napoli
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Nice
Paris Saint-Germain
7:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Atlanta United FC
DC United
7:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Puebla
Necaxa
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Next
NetherlandsNetherlands
ItalyItaly
1
2
FT
Game Details
BulgariaBulgaria
NetherlandsNetherlands
2
0
FT
Game Details

Arjen Robben plays down Netherlands retirement talk before 2018 World Cup

Ex-Netherlands midfielder Edgar Davids believes the current crop of young players need time to prove themselves.

Arjen Robben has dismissed any talk of international retirement and instead set his sights on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, having been forced to watch Netherlands' failure to qualify for Euro 2016 from the sidelines.

Robben, 31, was named Oranje skipper by manager Danny Blind in early September prior to Netherlands' 1-0 defeat to Iceland. That day in Amsterdam, the Bayern Munich winger was withdrawn in the first half as he sustained a groin injury which ruled him out for the rest of the qualifying campaign.

Netherlands finished fourth in their group behind Iceland, Czech Republic and Turkey, and will not take part in the European Championship in France later this year.

But Robben, who will be 34 by the time of the next major tournament, vowed to continue his international career until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

"My goal is the 2018 World Cup," Robben told reporters in Qatar, where he is preparing for the second half of Bayern's Bundesliga campaign. "That's why I continue; I could have retired [from the national team] otherwise.

"But I still get a kick out of it, and you also have to take on a certain responsibility."

Robben is under contract at Bayern until 2017. The winger resumed team training earlier this week as he steps up his recovery from a pulled muscle suffered in Bayern's 4-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos in November 2015.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.