Wesley Sneijder announces Netherlands retirement following Ronald Koeman visit
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 04/03/18 10:44am
Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from international football following a visit from new Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman.
The former Everton and Southampton boss travelled to Qatar to visit Sneijder, who now plays club football for Al Gharafa, to discuss his international future.
Following their discussions, Sneijder said: "When I left, I knew, of course, the influence that this move to Qatar could have on my career as an international.
"In addition, I understand that Koeman wants to make a new beginning with other, younger players. We were very open and that was a very pleasant conversation. I respect his choice."
Koeman, who was appointed as Netherlands manager last month, said: "Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers from the past few years. A great player with a great look.
"But I want to be selecting and building a new Oranje and must therefore make choices."
Sneijder represented his country for 15 years after making his debut in a friendly against Portugal in 2003.
The KNVB say they are planning an 'appropriate farewell' for the 33-year-old, who scored 31 goals in 133 appearances for the Netherlands.