Brown, Robinson quit England duty despite recalls

Defender Wes Brown has joined goalkeeper Paul Robinson in

retiring from England’s national soccer team. His decision comes a

day after he was recalled to the squad.

The 30-year-old players missed the World Cup but were summoned

to the team by coach Fabio Capello for Wednesday’s exhibition game

against Hungary. The Football Association said Sunday that Brown

went to the team hotel to tell Capello.

Robinson was recalled after Capello decided to drop 40-year-old

David James and Robert Green. Green’s blunder allowed the U.S. to

score in a World Cup opener that ended 1-1.

Robinson said earlier in the day he didn’t want to be England’s

third- or fourth-choice goalkeeper. Robinson was England’s top

goalie at the 2006 World Cup.