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18 May 2009 14:18:00

Allardyce backs Robinson for England

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce feels goalkeeper Paul Robinson has done enough to play his way back into the plans of England manager Fabio Capello. Although Robinson was beaten twice as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge yesterday, the former Tottenham man produced a number of fine reaction blocks as the visitors came under sustained pressure. Allardyce is convinced the 29-year-old - whose last of 41 caps came against Russia in October 2007 - deserves another chance ahead of the summer World Cup qualifiers. "Paul was world class again," said Allardyce. "He has really come into the forefront over the last 10 games and really worked very, very hard at his all-round goalkeeping. "Fabio Capello was not at Chelsea but he should have been and he should have been there [watching Blackburn] last week as Paul is back on top of his form. "As an English goalkeeper, he is performing the best in this country at the moment. Paul is right up there now and is producing the sort of saves on a regular basis which helped us to get clear of relegation."


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