Ex Liverpool Star Calls Time On Illustrious International Career

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Former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has retired from international football after being capped 105 times by the Netherlands.

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The 34-year-old, who scored 24 goals for the Dutch senior side, played at three World Cups and two European Championships.

Kuyt never won a major international trophy, but he helped the Netherlands finish second at South Africa 2010 and third at Brazil 2014.

During this summer’s World Cup, Kuyt, who had played most of his career up front or in midfield, was deployed as a wing-back.

He was happy to play out of position, but he is less keen on sitting on the bench – and that is why he has decided to call time on his international career.

“I want to be important in the Dutch team, but the coach explained to me that he no longer has a role for me I’d like,” Kuyt told the Dutch FA.

“I can’t see myself putting a lot of effort into Oranje and not playing much.

“I look back with great pride on ten wonderful years Dutch national team.”

Kuyt left Liverpool in 2012 after scoring 71 goals in 285 games for the Reds.

He won the League Cup during his time at Anfield, as well as helping the Merseyside reach the 2012 FA Cup final and the 2007 Champions League final.

Kuyt now plays for Turkish champions Fenerbahce.

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