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By ESPN Staff
Oct 16, 2008

Van Der Sar retires from Holland duty again

Edwin van der Sar will slip contentedly back into international retirement after his brief return to Holland's ranks yielded back-to-back World Cup qualification victories.

The Manchester United stopper answered an SOS call from Oranje boss Bert van Marwijk to return for the games against Iceland and Norway after his replacement, Maarten Stekelenburg, had been ruled out through injury.

Van der Sar, who turns 38 later this month, kept a clean sheet in both games to help maintain Holland's 100% record so far.

And while Van der Sar, who had originally announced his retirement after Holland's exit to Russia at Euro 2008, said he had been happy to return to the international fold he confirmed the 1-0 win against Norway in Oslo would definitely be his last.

"I'm happy with this farewell," he said.

"I knew this would be the last time, so I wanted to finish on a better note than when we lost to Russia at Euro 2008. That has been achieved."

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