Sneijder wants one more Netherlands appearance

Wesley Sneijder

Netherlands veteran Wesley Sneijder has revealed he wishes to play one more time for the national team before he retires from international football.

The former Ajax Amsterdam, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Galatasaray and Nice playmaker says he has already hung up his boots from Oranje, however, he is hopeful of saying goodbye with one last appearance.

The 33-year-old, who now plays for Al-Gharafa Sports Club in the Qatar Stars League, said he is finished playing for his country after consulting with current coach Ronald Koeman, who seemingly made it clear he was not in his plans.

Sneijder, who retired last Sunday, told De Telegraaf: “It is my wish – and that is also known by the KNVB – to say goodbye to my fellow internationals and the Oranje-fans.

“In a friendly international match against England, Lukas Podolski said goodbye as a 130-fold international with Germany, and he also scored the winning 1-0, which made the party complete, it was a beautiful and well-deserved farewell.

“I hope that the KNVB will grant me that after the silver World Cup of 2010 and the 2014 bronze World Cup.”