End of Dutch road for Ruud

05 August 2008 07:47
Real Madrid's Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has decided to retire from international football. The 32-year-old former Manchester United ace has scored 33 goals in 64 appearances for the Oranje, but has opted to end his career with the Dutch to focus on his club commitments. Van Nistelrooy said: "After I looked again at the programmes of Real Madrid and Oranje, I came to the conclusion that I had to make a choice, because of the necessary physical effort to achieve the maximum at this level. "The combination of on the one hand the league, cup and Champions League games of Real Madrid and on the other hand the programme of the Dutch national team is too heavy a burden. I have no other choice. "Of course, you don't decide it in one second. "I had a very fine tournament at Euro 2008 with the Oranje and I look back at that with a good feeling."

Source: ESA