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'Big Sam' backs former international for re-call...

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has backed his goalkeeper Paul Robinson to break into the England squad for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.

The Rovers' boss believes the former Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper has the experience to warrant the Three Lions number one shirt.

Robinson has more than 50 international caps at both senior and Under-21 level and club boss Allardyce has questioned the credentials of the other candidates for the goalkeeper’s jersey this summer.

"Is David James going to be fit?” he told Blackburn's official website.

“Paul's [Paul Robinson] had his first game back in training. If there's no reaction he will be fit to play. He should already be in the England squad, shouldn't he?

"It's not for me to tell Fabio Capello [England manager] how to do his job, but from the position I'm in, there is no way you can't take him.

"I hope that doesn't detract from his chances just because I've said it.”

Big Sam believes the current England goalkeepers selected by Capello have problems of their own and that Robinson’s recent form deserves a call up.  

"Who else is there? David James isn't playing that well. West Ham [United] are having a really bad time and Robert Green is fighting a relegation battle,” he added.

"Joe Hart has done okay but has no experience of major tournaments and then you've got Paul Robinson, who has had an outstanding season.

"We're past double figures on clean sheets and only James can match his experience of that level. Perhaps he should get on the phone and ring Capello up."

Blackburn travel to bottom side Portsmouth on Saturday as they look to go four consecutive games unbeaten and secure a top ten Premier League placing.

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