Robinson hangs up England gloves

The 30-year-old was included in the squad named by Fabio Capello
last night, after being overlooked for this summer’s World Cup in
South Africa. But the former Leeds and Tottenham keeper has now
opted to concentrate on club football, although he will not be
replaced in the squad for Wednesday’s friendly. Robinson won 41
caps for his country, having made his debut against Australia in
2003, and he was first choice during qualifying for the 2006 World
Cup and for the finals themselves. But he lost his place after
making some costly errors as England missed out on qualification
for Euro 2008 under Steve McClaren. His failure to connect with a
Gary Neville back pass resulted in an own goal in the 2-0 defeat in
Croatia, and he could only palm a long-range shot into Roman
Pavlyuchenko’s path to concede the winner in a 2-1 defeat against
Russia. He was not selected for two years following those mistakes
and was only recalled by Capello when David James was injured for
the World Cup 2010 qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra.
Robinson’s statement: “I have taken the decision to retire from
international football with immediate effect. “Only now have I been
able to make this decision as previously I haven’t been in
contention or selected for the squad. “As a professional who wants
to play every time I have the chance I don’t see myself as a number
three or four keeper and find that role very frustrating. “I
haven’t had the opportunity of anything other than this in recent
years therefore I feel it in the best interest of myself and my
club Blackburn Rovers that I concentrate solely on my club
football.” “I wish the (England) team every success.”