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.”