Monday, October 23, 2017

Robinson deserves England return – Allardyce

(GSM) – Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce believes England manager Fabio Capello should try to persuade Paul Robinson to come out of international retirement.

Robinson hanged his England boots last month after withdrawing from Capello’s squad for the friendly against Hungary.

Robinson explained that he did not want to be considered England’s third-choice goalkeeper and thus preferred to concentrate on his club career.

Rovers manager Allardyce believes Robinson was disheartened following his exclusion from the 2010 World Cup squad but thinks Capello should now try to talk the 30-year-old keeper out of international retirement.

“Robbo is very comfortable with his game and himself at the moment – you could see that in his all-round performance,” Allardyce said after another fine performance from

Ironically, Big Sam’s words followed his side’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City after an error from current England number one Joe Hart led to Blackburn’s goal.

And Allardyce believes it is now up to Capello to convince Robinson to return to England duty.

“It would be up to Fabio Capello to build bridges and see whether he can talk Paul out of it or not.

“But his performances last season never got him in the squad or to the World Cup so he felt he wasn’t considered capable of playing in the team.”

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