Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson retires from football
By James Dale
Last Updated: 17/07/17 12:41pm
Former England No 1 Paul Robinson has retired from football at the age of 37.
Robinson, who began his career at Leeds United in 1998, announced his decision on Monday after battling an ongoing back injury during his most recent spell at Premier League side Burnley.
The ex-Tottenham Hotspur stopper received 41 caps for the national team and kept four out of five clean sheets when starting in goal during England's 2006 World Cup campaign.
Robinson moved to Burnley in 2016, where he has been back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Tom Heaton, but has now decided to call time on his playing career.
Robinson's full retirement statement
"Unfortunately my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season. Taking everything into consideration I've decided to announce my retirement.
"I have been very fortunate to play the game I love for so many years and make it my career.
"I intend to take a short time out to spend time with my family and explore the different options available to me.
"I would like to sincerely thank all my family and friends who have stood by me throughout my playing career.
"I have been very lucky to play for four very special football clubs and my country, I would like to say a huge thank you to the supporters and staff of every one as I was able to build a very special relationship with each.
"I would like to say thank you to Sean Dyche, Billy Mercer, the staff and players at Burnley who gave me the chance to play in the premier league again at 37 years old.
"In all my career I have never been a part of a more dedicated, hard working set of players and staff.
"I wish them and all my former clubs the very best of luck for next season."