Brown calls end to England career

Manchester United’s Wes Brown has announced his retirement from
international football after being named in the England squad to
face Hungary.

Brown visited England’s team hotel in Watford on Sunday night
and told manager Fabio Capello he no longer wishes to be involved
despite his call-up for Wednesday’s friendly.

“Wes Brown has this evening announced his retirement from
international football,” read a statement from the FA.

“He came to the England team hotel this evening to meet with and
tell Fabio Capello in person.”

The news brings to an end a 23-cap career which began against
Hungary in 1999.

Injury continually prevented Brown from showing his best form
for his country, although he was part of the 2002 World Cup squad
in Japan and South Korea, but did not actually play a game.

The 30-year-old started in Capello’s first two games in charge
against Switzerland and France, but injury took hold once more
before the Italian masterminded England’s passage to this summer’s
Finals in South Africa.

More problems meant Brown did not figure in Capello’s 30-man
provisional squad or the final 23, the right-back role going
instead to Glen Johnson, with Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher
controversially called up as back up.

After not being involved in today’s Community Shield victory
over Chelsea, presumably Brown felt there was little merit in
pursuing an international career while his place at Manchester
United is so fragile and therefore took the option he felt was

Coming on the same day Paul Robinson also decided to concentrate
on club matters at Blackburn, it leaves Capello looking slightly
red faced.

The Italian is yet to decide whether to call up replacements for
either man, with a clear lack of communication evident with the
fringe men he did pick.

Youngsters Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs do represent a
statement about England’s future but Capello will need to be sure
in his own mind he has enough experience to carry England towards
Euro 2012 qualification and the loss of both Brown and Robinson is
a setback in that regard.