On This Day in 1991: Bryan Robson calls time on England career
Robson made 90 appearances before retiring from international duty. Bryan Robson ended his long England career on this day in 1991. Having started at West Brom, where he made over 200 appearances. Robson at the peak of his powers during a 13-year spell with Manchester United.
He had already made his England debut before his 1981 move to Old Trafford. Becoming a regular under Ron Greenwood and then Sir Bobby Robson. Captaining them for first time against Greece in 1982.
A shoulder injury ruined his World Cup in Mexico in 1986. And Robson suffered more injury woe in England’s second match of Italia ’90. Against Holland which kept him out of the rest of the tournament. As Three Lions lost in the semi-finals.
It was the beginning of the end of his international career. As David Platt took his place and he retired in 1991. After 90 appearances and 26 goals for his country following his omission for game against Poland.
He continued to play for Manchester United, winning two Premier League titles. Before joining Middlesbrough as player-manager in 1994.
He guided them to promotion to the top flight in 1995 and 1998. And made his final appearance as player in 1997 just before his 40th birthday.
Robson also took Boro to the League Cup and FA Cup finals in 1997, losing both. While also beaten by Chelsea in the 1998 League Cup final.
He went on to manage Bradford, West Brom and Sheffield United. And left his final position as Thailand boss in 2011.
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