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Ex-Burnley, Blackburn keeper Robinson announces retirement

Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has announced his retirement.

The 37-year-old has spent the last 18 months at Burnley and had been offered a one-year contract extension at the end of last season.

But former England goalkeeper Robinson has instead decided to hang up his gloves, citing the recurrence of a back injury towards the end of last season.

"I would like to say thank you to Sean Dyche, (goalkeeping coach) Billy Mercer, the staff and players at Burnley who gave me the chance to play in the premier league again at 37," Robinson said.

"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."

On the reasons behind his decision to retire, Robinson said: "Unfortunately my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season. 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."

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