Arjen Robben insists he's not thinking about international retirement


Plagued by injury concerns throughout his career, the 32-year-old suffered a groin problem that sees him miss out on the next six weeks of action for German club Bayern Munich, excluding him for the club’s preseason training as well as the initial stages of the new season.

Yet when questioned if he will hang up his international boots to help ease his workload, the Dutch skipper was adamant in his reply.

"No. No, not at all,” he told “Not yet.

"Of course you think about every situation and especially the physical stuff is an issue for me. You can have some more breaks [if you leave international football] which might be good but I'm very proud to be able to play for Netherlands.

"I'm the team's captain and it's an honour to play for your country. And I don't want to abandon that yet."

Holland failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after a dismals qualifying campaign, and Robben admits he didn’t pay much attention to the tournament his side was not a part of.

"It's not easy during a tournament when you know you didn't qualify,” he said. “And we definitely had to be there… so this was a disappointment.

"I didn't really watch any live games but I followed the Bayern lads' progress with interest. When I was back I watched a few games in the knockout stage.

"I preferred to have some quality time with my family. We have been on vacation in the United States for a few weeks, but I looked at the results of course."