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James - still not - England's no.1

Baring a training ground injury - which I would not wish on him - Spineless Steve is going to stick with Paul Robinson as England's no.1.

Yep David James is not against making the odd mistake, but how many of these have led to goals this season and the last for that, arguably even the one before that with Man City? The only real howler this season came against Reading - compare that to at least two major ones from Robinson in the last week or so alone!

My own thinking is Robinson is an accident waiting to happen, yep he might have 12 clean sheets in 14 international matches or something like that but my main worry is with the pressure really on this could be a risk?

Luckily we play Estonia first, so any mistake should be cancelled out, so if he is to do this, at least for the 'big one' against Russia this would be out of the way.

I suppose I can understand Spineless' reasons for wanting to keep Robinson as the no.1, but this 'protecting his fragile confidence' rubbish, it just that - if he is not up for it he should not be there! Clearly I will not be wishing a mistake on him as I want England to win and qualify but I am worrying.

Past international records have to be taken into account but surely current form has to be taken into account too? A striker - unless he is of course Michael Owen - will not be selected if he is not scoring will he, so why should a keeper be selected if he is not performing - if he is conceding goals, with him being at fault too?

What else does James - or for arguments sake someone else - have to do to be given the chance that they deserve? And how many more errors does Robinson have to make before he is taken out - does he need to make that high profile error in a competitive game for this to happen?

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 11 2007

Time: 10:34AM

Your Comments

He is our No 1. The trouble is the perception is that James is the past & Robinson is the future. Utter bollox in our opinion but spineless believes it.
storagematt
Quite right Matt he is our No 1 and stuff Spineless. If Robbo makes a howler in Moscow he will never be allowed to forget it!!
eastneydave
As long as we win 5-1.
storagematt
Jammo is the best and those of us who watch Pompey every week know he is, Robinson is on borrowed time and eventually Jammo or Scott Carson will have to step in.
Owenspompey
jamo is the reserve. he is the best keeper we have, but will only be called upon in an emergancey, otherwise he will just be used to help the others improve. his past is an excuse, but honestly, it is unexcusable that englands best goalkeeper doesnt play. I hate to say it, but he wont play - and will only come in as a reserve. BUT, when scott carson comes in to take the reigns from robinson, jamo will still be no. 2
pompeycarpet
If we judged all the team on thie past few of them would be starting, thay all have a history of poor performances, but Jammo being an extrovert is good reading in the tabloids. Yes he is different, but what a great goalkeeper and i feel he is a probably the biggest reason for our improvement, and he inspires his back 4 not like Robinson has been doing at Spurs where they look all over the place. Jammo deserves the chance, but spineless will persevere till it all goes wrong again.
Owenspompey
if robbo is going to make a mistake lets hope he does it against estonia eh! i can see it happening soon or later - i just pray it doesnt cost us...
pompeyrug
ye, its not robbo, its the crap manager
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