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“It is finished, it is done”, says Sneijder in emotional farewell after the last international game for Oranje

Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch international. The playmaker took on Thursday with a oefenzege on Peru (2-1) farewell during his 134th international.

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Sneijder played some hours and then went under a ovationeel applause to the side. He kept it dry. “But I feel it from within,” said Sneijder for the camera of the NOS before he was still grand, was honored in the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

“It is finished, it is done. This was the last match,” said Sneijder. “I felt it when I woke up. Then my last sportmaaltijd, the bus trip here. The last time in the shirt of Orange, the last game in the Johan Cruijff Arena. I have every second enjoyed.”

The Dutch football association named Sneijder, who, with his land of silver (2010) and bronze (2014) won at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, Thursday to bondsridder. Chairman Michael van Praag presented the record international of the Dutch national team Thursday, the associated certificate from after his 134th and last appearance in Orange. Sneijder also had a golden bowl in which all competitions are listed. “On behalf of the KNVB, I want you terribly, thank you for everything you’ve done,” said Prague.

KNVB-director Eric Gudde praised the winning mentality of the players. “Every time in that orange shirt you have everything to show. You have for so many decisive moments, and thus stadiums and living rooms from their roof. It is now time for it to stand still. Or actually quiet to sit.” Gudde conducted back to serie a and then to a makeshift ‘living room’ on the center dot of the Johan Cruijff ArenA, where the 34-year-old Utrechter together with his wife Yolanthe and two children on tv, a video message, saw where voetbalcoryfeeën as Arjen Robben, Louis van Gaal, José Mourinho and Rafael van der Vaart, him speeches.

It left the 34-year-old Utrechter untouched. “I’ve always had a very big mouth but this to do something with me. I have had a fantastic time at Orange. In particular, the road towards the tournaments end, I go and miss it hugely. I also want to thank you, the fans who are always and everywhere she traveled.”

Sneijder thanked finally, his current team-mate, with whom Ruud Molder (Club Brugge). “It is still better to be up here if you get the 2-1 win, thanks boys. On the following deny I stand between the fans on the orange square and we go together of these guys enjoy. I have confidence in you, you’re going to do!”

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