Oct 9, 2007

Who Should England Start In Goal? (Updated)

Paul Robinson's poor form is a subject Spurs fans and others are all too familiar with. Last week a Soccer-Source poll found 87% of respondents in favor of Martin Jol benching Robbo--advice the burly Dutchman unfortunately declined to heed. The result: another (at best) shaky performance that probably cost Spurs a historic victory at Anfield.

While the North London side have the rest of the season to recover these squandered points, England have no such luxury. As discussed earlier, they currently sit second in Group E qualifying, three points behind Croatia, with three games remaining. The upcoming games against Estonia and Russia are crucial, with the latter match in Moscow sure to prove a difficult challenge on a number of levels (how much experience do these guys have playing on artificial turf?) Surely, McClaren's job is on the line if England fail to qualify. Not the time, one would think, to go with a shaky backstop. McLaren apparently views things a bit differently, telling the Guardian "he has never let us down. Paul Robinson is in." A fatal error? You tell us: Who should start for England? Vote in the poll at top right.

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