Wesley Sneijder has announced his retirement from international football after 15 years playing for the Netherlands.
New Oranje manager Ronald Koeman travelled to Qatar to visit Sneijder, who now plays club football for Al Gharafa, to discuss his international future.
Following their discussions, Sneijder is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: "When I left, I knew, of course, the influence that this move to Qatar could have on my career as an international.
"In addition, I understand that Koeman wants to make a new beginning with other, younger players. We were very open and that was a very pleasant conversation. I respect his choice."
Koeman, who was appointed as manager of the national side last month, said: "Wesley is one of the best Dutch footballers from the past few years. A great player with a great look.
"But I want to be selecting and building a new Oranje and must therefore make choices."