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Recalled Names Give Capello The Snub

Posted Aug 11, 2010 by John Casson

Following on from the World Cup, it was expected for the English team to be reshuffled, and controversial boss Capello hasn’t disappointed by seriously culling the squad: some of the names dropped include Peter Crouch, Joe Cole and Jermain Defoe.  Two of the names included, however, have waited for their selection only to say ‘no thanks’…


First to go is Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson.  The 30 year old has announced his retirement from the international game, noting that having been out of favour since the disastrous 2008 European Championship campaign, it was only following his recall that he was able to make the decision. 


Now unfortunately best remembered for his inability to control a Gary Neville back-pass that ended in a horrific own goal against Croatia, Robinson stated that he still didn’t see himself as a ‘number three or four keeper’ and that he found the role ‘very frustrating’.  With the inclusion of the young guns Joe Hart and Ben Foster in the squad, Robinson’s decision seems a logical one.


The other notable retiree is Manchester United defender Wes Brown, who like Robinson was also selected for the friendly against Hungary on Wednesday having not been selected for the world cup.  Brown noted that he had made the decision to retire with ‘a heavy heart’, but that he felt it was time to step aside and let ‘the younger players come through.’


Brown’s 23 caps were constantly interrupted through injury, which lead to Glen Johnson taking the right back spot during England’s disastrous summer.


These retirements once again highlight the lack of communication that Capello seems to have with many of players.  All eyes will be on the Hungary friendly to see just how much Capello is willing to change his system to improve the England performance.


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