"I still want to be relevant on the field but feel the coach no longer has the role for me that I want," he told both De Telegraaf and Algemeen Dagblad on Friday. "That's why I think it is best to retire."
He said he has had several meetings with Hiddink and made a decision after their last discussion last weekend. "After those talks I decided to call it a day. "It would be have easy to stop after a successful World Cup but I still felt fit. And the coach wanted to keep me. That's why I continued but on condition that I felt good about the role I would be given. "But against the Czechs it became clear to me that the choice of attackers fell more towards the youngsters. That left me with a support role.
"I have to be honest: I'm 34-years-old and I don't have the energy to sit for two more years on the bench and rarely play,"
The Netherlands lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in Prague last month in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.
Kuyt emphasised Hiddink could always call him up in an emergency. Kuyt, who plays at Fenerbahce, competed at five tournaments and scored 24 goals for the Dutch. He made his debut in 2004 against Liechtenstein and last played in the friendly against Italy last month.
Source: De Peet journal