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Robben: It sucks missing out on Euro 2016

23:31 GMT+4 09/11/2015
Arjen Robben - cropped
The Bayern Munich star has confessed that he is still struggling to come to terms with Netherlands' failure to book a ticket for France

Arjen Robben has admitted that Netherlands missing out on Euro 2016 "sucks", as he now fears that he has made his last appearance at a major international tournament.

The Dutch finished third at last summer's World Cup, only denied a place in the final after losing out on penalties to Argentina in the semi-finals.

However, Oranje endured a dismal qualification campaign for next year's European Championship in France, failing to even secure a play-off place after coming home fourth in their group, behind Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.

As a result, the 31-year-old Robben is concerned about his prospects of making it to World Cup 2018.

"Beforehand, I didn't think about the possibility of missing out on Euro 2016 and, when it finally became a reality, it was hard to understand," the Bayern Munich winger told Metro Nieuws.

"It will continue to feel unreal until after the European Championships. It sucks.


"Missing Euro 2016 affects everyone's status, including mine. Maybe I've played my last tournament; that's possible.

"But I believe we can make it to World Cup 2018; otherwise, I would have retired from international football."

Robben, who made his Netherlands debut in April 2003, aged 19, was named national team captain by coach Danny Blind in August of this year.