England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his international
retirement, hours after being recalled to the squad.
Robinson’s mistakes during the failed qualifying campaign for
the 2008 European Championship cost him his starting job, and he
had not played for England since 2007.
But the 30-year-old Robinson has been impressive since joining
Blackburn from Tottenham in July 2008. For Wednesday’s friendly
against Hungary, coach Fabio Capello decided to drop 40-year-old
David James and Robert Green, whose blunder in the World Cup opener
gave the United States the tying goal.
But Robinson didn’t want to be the No. 3 goalie behind Joe Hart
and Ben Foster.
Robinson was England’s top goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup and
made 41 appearances for the squad.