Kuyt retires from international football

Dirk Kuyt Netherlands

Former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt has announced that he will no longer be representing the Netherlands.

Fenerbahce star Dirk Kuyt has called time on his international career at the age of 34 after making over 100 appearances for the Netherlands.

Kuyt played for Liverpool between 2006 and 2012 and finished as a runner-up in the Champions League and the Premier League as well as losing an FA Cup final.

The Dutchman, who is still remembered fondly by most Liverpool fans, moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2012.

In a statement, Kuyt explained that he felt he would be warming the bench under new Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink so he has decided to exit the national set-up.

"I can see myself putting a lot of effort into Oranje and not playing much," Kuyt said in a statement on the Dutch Football Association's website.

"I can look back with enormous pride on 10 wonderful years in the Netherlands team."

Kuyt has been a valuable asset for the Netherlands thanks largely to his versatility - he has played in midfield, attack and even defence for his country and in his 104 outings he scored 24 goals.

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