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.