Today, the football world has been stunned by the very saddening news that Paul Robinson has suffered a blood clot in his lung.
Robinson, who has made over 100 performances for Tottenham, also enjoyed long successful spells at Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers.
After impressing for Tottenham, Robinson, who is married with a daughter, was made England’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup in 2006. He gained a reputation as an excellent shot-stopper in the Premier League.
Robinson is also fondly remembered for scoring two goals in his Premier League career, one each for Leeds and Tottenham. One last minute equalizer, and one free-kick from his own half which looped over Watford’s Ben Foster.
It is expected that Robinson, currently with Championship side Blackburn, will miss six months of action and has returned home after spending last weekend in the hospital. The 33-year old has collected 41 caps for his country, and was left out of England’s squad for the World Cup in 2010, with his manager branding Fabio Capello‘s decision ‘completely wrong’.
He was selected for a friendly match against Hungary in 2010, but chose to pull out of the squad and retire as he didn’t want to be reduced to a No. 3 or No. 4 role.
Among his achievements, Robinson obtained the League Cup (named the Carling Cup at that time) with Tottenham Hotspur, their first major honor since winning the same competition in 1999. Robinson made several key saves which helped Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over Chelsea.
It’s things like this which bring the football world together. Tributes have been pouring in for Robinson, from football experts and on Twitter. I’m sure everybody would like to join me in wishing ‘Robbo’ a full and speedy recovery.