Oranje star Wesley Sneijder says farewell to Dutch football squad

Wesley Sneijder Photo by sopitas/CC Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic/flickr . ()

Wesley Sneijder is saying goodbye to international football, he announced on Sunday. The decision was made in consultation with .  He hopes to play one last match for the Dutch national team. "It is my wish - and that is known by the KNVB - to say goodbye to my fellow internationals and the Oranje fans in a beautiful way", Sneijder said to the Telegraaf on Monday.

Sneijder hopes to make his farewell in the same way as Lukas Podolski, his former teammate at Galatasaray. "In a friendly international match against England, he waved off as a 130-fold international with Germany. That he also scored the winning 1-0, made the party complete. It was a beautiful and well-deserved farewell. I hope that the KNVB will give me the same after the silver World Cup of 2010 and the bronze World Cup of 2014."

The 33-year-old midfielder has 133 matches to his name. He told Koeman that he can be called upon in emergencies, but a definite comeback is out of the question. Sneijder now wants to work as a trainer and hopes to qualify for a shortened course.