Edwin - I will miss Oranje
Edwin van der Sar has conceded he will miss international football after Holland's Euro 2008 exit.
Last Updated: 22/06/08 5:04pm
Edwin van der Sar has conceded he will miss international football after Russia's win over Holland confirmed his retirement.
The 3-1 extra-time defeat in Basel marked the end of Van der Sar's Holland career after winning a record 128 caps fopr his country.
The Manchester United custodian has decided to quit the international scene so that he can concentrate on his club commitments
"It's the end of my international career - the tournaments I will miss most, they are the nicest to experience," noted van der Sar.
"I have enjoyed it, that's for sure. I have reached quarter-finals and semi-finals, but that's not enough.
"You always want more than that. But every two years there is only one team that wins the tournament, and in my playing days that has not been for me to experience. We lacked the necessary horsepower to make the extra step forward."
The 37-year-old had no complaints with the result as Guus Hiddink inspired Russia to a surprise and deserved victory.
"I had the feeling that we could have saved the day if it had gone to a penalty shoot-out, but that was all gone after they scored their second goal," added van der Sar.
"I think we had a great tournament and unfortunately we couldn't get the level of play that we did in the first two games [against Italy and France].
"We created too few chances ourselves and gave too much away. Russia played very well, we did not - and that hurts. You have one bad game in the knockout stages and you are out. That's the way it is.
"Russia did very well against us. They are a very good side and they have a great chance now.
"They're in the semi-finals, one of four potential champions, so they have a great chance."