Robbo calls time on England
Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson has retired from international football after withdrawing from England's squad to face Hungary.
Last Updated: 08/08/10 3:35pm
Paul Robinson has announced his retirement from international football after withdrawing from England's squad to face Hungary next week.
The Blackburn goalkeeper was recalled to the Three Lions squad by Fabio Capello after he missed out on this summer's World Cup in South Africa.
But the 30-year-old will not feature in Wednesday's friendly at Wembley after opting to concentrate on club football.
It is understood he informed the Football Association of his decision on Saturday night but did not tell Capello.
The former Leeds and Tottenham keeper, who first played for his country against Australia in 2003 and went on to win 41 caps, will not be replaced in the squad.
Robinson said in a statement released on Sunday: "I've taken the decision to retire from international football with immediate effect.
"Only now have I been able to make this decision as previously I have not been in contention or selected for the squad.
"As a professional who wants every chance to play football, I do not see myself as No.3 or 4 goalkeeper.
"I find that role very frustrating. I haven't had the opportunity to be anything other than this in recent years.
"Therefore I feel it's in the best interests of myself and my club, Blackburn Rovers, that I concentrate solely on my club football.
"I wish the England team every success."
Robinson 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 after the ball bobbled on an uneven surface 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.