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Ruud ends international career

13 May 2010 - 13:44:05

Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has admitted his international career is over following his World Cup snub.

The 33-year-old Hamburg striker was hoping his move to the Bundesliga from Real Madrid in January would reignite his chances of being on the plane to South Africa.

Oranje coach Bert van Marwijk cited fitness problems caused by knee injuries during recent seasons with Real for his omission and van Nisterooy has accepted his international career is at an end.

"Of course I am greatly disappointed," admitted the 64-times capped striker. "I do feel that I could have helped the team.

"But now that my World Cup dream has been shattered, I think that my international career is over. I will be 34 in July."


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