Dunn backs Robbo for England

Rovers ace feels keeper deserves Three Lions second chance

Robinson: Needs to maintain form

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David Dunn has backed Blackburn team-mate Paul Robinson to stake a claim for a World Cup place if he continues his current form.

The 30-year-old goalkeeper has 41 England caps to his name but has not played for his country since the 2-1 defeat in Russia in October 2007.

Since succeeding Steve McClaren as Three Lions boss Fabio Capello has opted to field either David James or Robert Green between the sticks in competitive games.

However the Italian does not appear entirely convinced by those either keeper and has voiced his concerns over the goalkeeping situation going into the World Cup on more than one occasion.

"Robbo has been in excellent form and I think he deserves an England recall," Dunn said.

"If you look around, there are not many better English keepers out there than him. I am sure if he keeps doing what he is doing for Blackburn over the next five months, then he will be in with a real shout for the World Cup.

"He has got 40-odd England caps and he is a top keeper. That (air-kick) goal (in the 2-0 defeat in Croatia in October 2006) is the sort of thing that can happen in football.

"Robbo has bounced back really well since then and it shows and takes a lot of character to do that."

The former Leeds and Tottenham shot-stopper has kept five clean sheets for Rovers this term, two more than James and Green who have both only managed to keep three.