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Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson retires from football

Ex-England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has retired from the game, his former club Burnley have announced.

Robinson, 37, made 375 top-flight appearances for Leeds, Tottenham, Blackburn and the Clarets, as well as featuring for England on 41 occasions.

He signed a new one-year deal at Turf Moor last summer and Burnley confirmed that he had now decided to call time on his career.

Robinson ranks eighth in the list of goalkeepers with the most Premier League appearances, and second among English stoppers behind only David James.

Three of his outings came last season and his appearance against Manchester City in November was his first in the top flight in four years.

Robinson revealed a back injury that troubled him during his time at Blackburn had resurfaced towards the end of the previous campaign and was behind his retirement call.

"Unfortunately, my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season," he explained.

"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 (Burnley manager) Sean Dyche, (Burnley's goalkeeping coach) Billy Mercer, the staff and players at Burnley who gave me the chance to play in the Premier League again at 37.

"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."

While with Blackburn, Robinson was out for 13 months after a blood clot was detected on his lung and he missed all of 2013 as a result.

He left Ewood Park at the end of the 2014-15 season and was signed by Rovers' Lancashire rivals Burnley in January 2016, making his debut 10 months later.

"Paul played a big part in what we have achieved over the past couple of seasons - literally at times last season - and always as an important member of the group," Clarets boss Dyche added.

As an international, Robinson went to Euro 2004 and was England's first-choice goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup, but he was dropped for the crucial qualifier against Croatia at Wembley in 2007 which the Three Lions lost to miss out on a place at Euro 2008.

He is also one of just five goalkeepers to have scored in the Premier League, a feat he managed with Spurs in 2007 when a long free-kick bounced over Watford keeper Ben Foster's head.

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