I hope you were sitting down when you read that shocking headline.
The 30-year-old was included in the England 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 the Football Association have said he will not be replaced in the squad for Wednesday’s friendly.
“Only now have I been able to make this decision as previously I haven’t been in contention for selection,” he said.
“I don’t see myself as a number three or four keeper and find that role very frustrating.”
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. (Daily Telegraph)
Whilst its clearly not a retirement that is going to shake the very fabric of the game one wonders why the Blackburn Rovers man has chosen to make this announcement just hours after he was selected in the England squad for the upcoming friendly with Hungary.
Oddly enough the former Tottenham man has probably been in his best form over the past year and could well have given the other sub standard competitors for the keepers jersey, so why now? He failed to make it into the World Cup squad so why didn’t he decide to hang up his international gloves then? Why wait until he was finally ushered back into the pecking order to then retire from England duty?
Strange. Anyway with any luck Joe Hart will be given more of a shot as he really does appear to be one for the future who is more than able to be England’s number one selection in the present.
Here is Paul Robinson’s most infamous moment on England duty.