Jol backing for Robinson

Manager backing under-fire keeper

Robinson: Under-fire

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Martin Jol has raced to the defence of under-fire Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson ahead of England's two crunch Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Robinson has received renewed criticism and his place in the England first XI for the games against Estonia on Saturday and Russia four days later is being questioned after he produced another howler against Liverpool.

The Tottenham shot-stopped spilled a Steven Gerrard free-kick to present Andriy Voronin with the opening goal in Spurs' 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

However, Robinson - who produced England errors in the friendly with Germany in August - has received the support of Tottenham manager Martin Jol.


"I am not concerned about Paul Robinson's form and suggestions he made another mistake," said Jol.

"If you see the replay you see that it got a deflection off Jermaine Jenas, hitting his knee, it was not a mistake. It hit him and Voronin was first to the rebound.

"Nobody went with the runner, it was a bad goal from the defence's point of view.

"I have no worries about Paul. Every game is different, he has confidence and that is why I played him in midweek against Famagusta, and at Anfield."