By Akinwale Kasali
Former England and Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37, according to media reports Monday.
Robinson, who was out of contract after spending the last 18 months with Premier League side Burnley, gained 41 international caps and played in all five England matches on their run to the 2006 World Cup quarter-finals.
Robinson, who started his career at Leeds United, made 175 appearances for Tottenham during a four-year spell at White Hart Lane, before he moved on to Blackburn Rovers, playing over 200 games over seven years for the Ewood Park outfit. He joined Burnley in January 2016, but played only three games under Sean Dyche during his time at Turf Moor.
Paul William Robinson (born 15 October 1979) is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Premier League clubs including Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Blackburn Rovers. He is a former England international, earning 41 caps between 2003 and 2007.
Robinson joined Leeds United at age 16, becoming professional aged 18, and made 119 appearances for the club, 95 of which were in league matches, and scored a goal in a League Cup tie. He also was voted Leeds United’s Player of the Year in 2003 by the supporter’s club.
In 2004, following Leeds’ relegation from the Premier League to the Championship, he moved to Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. He played in 175 matches for Tottenham, including 137 Premier League games, and scored another goal (this time in a Premier League match, whilst he also won the 2008 League Cup with the club).
He was signed by Blackburn Rovers in 2008, being voted the Blackburn Rovers Player of the Year in 2011 by the supporters’ club. Robinson announced his retirement on 17 July 2017.
Robinson made his full international debut in a 3–1 friendly defeat against Australia on 12 February 2003. His competitive international debut came a year later in a 2–1 victory over Poland, during a qualification match for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Twenty-five of his forty-one appearances came in competitive internationals, with his last cap coming in a 2–1 defeat to Russia on 17 October 2007. He retired from international football on 8 August 2010.