Is McClaren right to get rid of Robinson?
Euro 2008 England
by Jonathan Stevenson (U1987325) 21 November 2007
Finally, Paul Robinson's luck has run out – and in spectacular fashion.
For my money, McClaren has got this decision wrong
He had the chance to drop Robinson for the double-header against Estonia and Russia last month, but he turned the opportunity down.
Even after Robinson's blunders against Villa and Liverpool, with the country baying for blood, McClaren continued to back his number one.
When asked before the Estonia game if he could entrust Robinson with England's qualification for Euro 2008 and his own job, McClaren gave the following answer.
"You have to have belief, faith and trust in your players and with this squad the history of them says they perform well," said McClaren. "Yeah, I trust Paul. I wouldn't play him otherwise."
Bear in mind Robinson has conceded just one goal in four games since his Kremlin calamity, and just a month later McClaren has lost all faith in the former Leeds custodian.
Has McClaren made the right decision and should he be praised for having the guts to relegate Robinson to the stands?
Or should the England manager have stuck by the man who has guarded England's net for every single minute so far of their fight to reach Austria and Switzerland and conceded just four goals in 11 games?
For my money, McClaren has got this one wrong. Quite simply, I don't think either Carson or James are better than Robinson and it feels as though he has been dropped for the sake of it.
But let us know your thoughts.
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