RETIREMENT: Desiree van Lunteren retires from international football

After almost eight years, Netherlands International Desiree van Lunteren immediately ends her international career.

The 84-time international, who also went through all representative youth teams, made her debut in the ‘big’ Orange in a practice game with France on 15 February 2012.

With the Oranje Leeuwinnen, she won the European title on home soil back in 2017 and became vice-world champion last summer at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The 26-year-old Van Lunteren was still a fixture at the Orange Women this year and made playing minutes in all twenty international matches. It was not an easy decision for me not to put on the orange shirt after all those beautiful years:

“You don’t decide this from one day to the next; It has literally cost blood, sweat and tears, but Orange has brought me all over the world, gave friends for life and of course a European title and World Cup silver. ” 

“With my debut in 2012, I would not have dared to dream that tens of thousands of Orange fans would come after us to watch us play at a World Cup. It was great for me.

I would be short of myself, and certainly the team, if I were no longer there I want to thank my teammates, the staff and the fans for the wonderful time and the great memories and of course wish all the success of the world on the way to Tokyo and the European Championships 2021. You will certainly see me again in the gallery . ”

National coach Sarina Wiegman was surprised by Van Lunteren’s decision:

“Desiree has become a fixed value for the Orange. You can see that in her statistics: she has hardly missed an international match in the last five years. She is such a player that you as a trainer know exactly what is useful to you, she has a great drive and is always willing to give way to the team” She said

Van Lunteren will remain active in the Eredivisie for Ajax. She returned to the Amsterdam club this summer after playing a season for SC Freiburg in the German Bundesliga. Her contract with Ajax runs until the 2020 / ’21 season.

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