Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

'Macron-economy' pun already worn out

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

What Next for Gaza? Lasting Ceasefire Agreed After 50 Days of War

Read more

FOCUS

Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Terrorist ransoms: Should governments pay up for hostages?

Read more

ENCORE!

Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche star in 'Clouds of Sils Maria'

Read more

WEB NEWS

India: journalist launches "Rice Bucket Challenge"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Russian aid convoy: Mission accomplished?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones lauches 'Bullet Bucket Challenge'

Read more

  • Mother of American journalist asks IS leader for his release

    Read more

  • UN probe accuses Syrian regime, Islamists of ‘crimes against humanity’

    Read more

  • Uruguayans sign up to grow marijuana at home

    Read more

  • Missouri governor appoints black public safety director

    Read more

  • French unemployment rises 0.8% in July to record high

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande puts young ex-banker in top economy post

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • Video: Milan is starting point for Syrian refugees’ European odyssey

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

  • IMF’s Lagarde investigated in French corruption case

    Read more

  • American journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

    Read more

  • In pictures: The ministers in France's new government

    Read more

  • 'Lasting' ceasefire agreed for Gaza, Abbas says

    Read more

  • Far-right ‘Russian Jihad’ fighters cross into Ukraine

    Read more

  • Rebels 'shoot down' UN helicopter in South Sudan

    Read more

  • Air France pilots threaten September strike

    Read more

Van Nistelrooy won't wear orange anymore

Latest update : 2008-08-05

The Netherlands' top striker, Ruud Van Nistlerooy, is retiring from international football. The 32-year-old forward will keep on playing for his club Real Madrid but doesn't think he can handle playing for his national team at the same time.

Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has retired from international soccer, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said on Monday.

It said the 32-year-old had informed Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk he would no longer be available for the Dutch team after deciding he could not perform to his best for both club and country.

"After studying the schedule of Real Madrid and the Dutch team I realised ... playing for both teams would mean too tough a physical load for me and therefore I made this choice," Van Nistelrooy was quoted as saying.

"I'm taking no chances and after the enjoyable Euro finals I can look back upon (my decision) with a good feeling," he said.

Van Nistelrooy won 64 caps and scored 33 goals for the Dutch team after making his debut in 1998.

The former Manchester United striker missed Euro 2000 with a knee injury but scored four goals at his first major tournament, the next European Championship finals in Portugal in 2004.

At the 2006 World Cup in Germany he scored once and twice at Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland where the Netherlands were upset by Russia in the quarter-finals.

Van Nistelrooy's decision came as a surprise to Van Marwijk, who succeeded Marco van Basten as national team coach on July 1.

"I had a comprehensive conversation with Ruud and I can do nothing else but respect his decision," Van Marwijk said.

"I regret it that I can't use his quality and experience when I compose my squad but I wish him all the best at Real Madrid."

The Dutch will play their first international friendly under the new coach on Aug. 20 in Moscow against Dutchman Guus Hiddink's Russia.

Van Nistelrooy joined Real from United in July 2006 for a 15 million euro ($23.39 million) transfer fee. He had joined the English club from PSV Eindhoven in April 2001 for a then British record of 19 million pounds ($37.39 million).

Date created : 2008-08-04

COMMENT(S)