But heading into his final challenge as a professional rugby player, after 16 years at the top across both codes, Robinson is determined England can prove people wrong.
"I said initially when I came back (from international retirement in February) that it was not for me. At the time England were struggling," said Robinson.
"I was asked whether I could try and restore some pride and help the team. With it being World Cup year I said, 'If I can help out in any way I am available.'
"This is me trying to help England do better. I am delighted to be back involved. Playing for England is a massive thing for anybody.
"I am excited. A lot has been going on over the last couple of months and I am really looking forward to what will hopefully be a big finish to my career.
"Nobody likes to crash and burn. If you go off past form, maybe the critics are right in saying we won't get past the last eight but I do believe with the squad we have got, we can do well.
"We will need to produce over the next couple of months if we are to make an impact on this World Cup but we certainly have the players to do that."