Keeper Robinson quits England despite recall

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.