I Hope You’re Sitting Down: Wes Brown Retires from England International Duty

First Paul Robinson and now the Old Trafford defender. Still, at least Wes appears to be doing it for the right reason.

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Mar. 03, 2010 - London, United Kingdom - epa02064235 England's Wayne Rooney (L) congratulates Shaun Wright-Phillips (C) after scoring their second goal against Egypt with Wes Brown (R) during the international friendly soccer match between England and Egypt at Wembley Stadium in London, Britain, 03 March 2010. England won 3-1.

Manchester United defender Wes Brown has announced his retirement from international football.

Brown becomes the second player of the weekend to call time on his England career, despite being called up for Wednesday’s friendly against Hungary, after goalkeeper Paul Robinson came to the same decision.

Fabio Capello had made a number of changes to his squad for the first match since a dismal World Cup campaign, with Brown among those brought back into the fold after missing out on selection for South Africa.
However, the Football Association has now confirmed the 30-year-old visited England’s team hotel in Watford on Sunday night and told Capello he no longer wished to play for his country.

Brown also released a statement, saying: “After a lot of thought and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to retire from international football.

“At the age of 30 I feel it is right for me to stand aside and let younger players come through, which allows me to concentrate on my club career.

“I regard it as an honour and a privilege to have represented my country at every level from Under 15s upwards.

“I have always been very proud to play for England and wish them well in future tournaments.”

Nobody has yet been called up to replace either Brown or Robinson in the squad to face Hungary.

Brown has struggled to establish himself as an England regular since making his debut in 1999, making just 23 appearances. (Sky Sports)

Can anyone explain to me why both Paul Robinson and Wes Brown decided to quit AFTER they had been picked by Fabio Capello, albeit for a pointless friendly against Hungary. Why did they not quit after they failed to make it into the World Cup squad?

Credit to the Manchester United utility man though as at least he didn’t sound like a moaning child when he announced his decision to quit playing for his country, as Paul Robinson did. The former Tottenham keeper stated he didn’t want to be the third or fourth choice goalie as he was frustrated by that prospect.

Brown instead wisely used the ‘give youth a chance’ angle, which is actually pretty much spot on. The adaptable defender is always useful to call upon and always put in a decent shift on England duty and is probably right to put the emphasis on his pursuit of a regular first team spot at Old Trafford.

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