Belfast Telegraph

Robinson not missing England

Paul Robinson insists a change in manager will not tempt him to come out of international retirement.

The Blackburn goalkeeper was consistently overlooked by Fabio Capello and called time on his England career in 2010, three years after he won the last of his 41 caps in a Euro 2008 qualifying defeat by Russia.

The 32-year-old believes his good form this season can be partly attributed to no longer playing for his country, and he told various newspapers: "International retirement has helped me as a person and as a player. I've been out of that for a while now and it has helped me enjoy my football."

He added: "I'm just concentrating on keeping Rovers in the Premier League. I love being part of the team and there is nothing to change at the moment.

"That is the main reason I retired from international football. I can recharge the batteries more.

"I'm 32 and feel I can benefit more from staying with my own team, working on my game and having a rest when needed rather than training every day and watching a game that I'm not involved in."

Manchester City's Joe Hart is certain to carry on as the number one under whoever succeeds Capello but behind him options are limited, with Ben Foster of West Brom joining Robinson in retiring from international duty last year.


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