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Robinson rules out England return

March 22, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson has no plans to come out of international retirement.

Paul Robinson: The captain of Blackburn
GettyImagesPaul Robinson is leaving Blackburn

Robinson, 32, called time on his England career in August 2010 after tallying 41 caps for his nation, with the shot-stopper growing frustrated at not being a regular.

His recent form for Blackburn coupled with the departure of Fabio Capello have led to suggestions Robinson could make himself available for England once more.

However, Robinson said: "I'm just focusing on keeping Blackburn in the Premier League. Being away from England has definitely helped. It 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. I love playing my football here. I love being part of the team and the club's set-up and there is nothing to change at the moment.

"There is nothing else to worry about. 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 own game and maybe having a rest when needed rather than training every day and having to sit and watch a game that I am not involved in."


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