Ince fury with Capello
Paul Ince has slammed England manager Fabio Capello over the treatment of Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 23/11/08 11:20am
Blackburn boss Paul Ince has slammed England manager Fabio Capello over the treatment of Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Robinson was called into the squad as a back-up for Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, who pulled out with an injury suffered against Hull on Sunday.
The former Spurs shot-stopper has been in impressive form this season, claiming several man of the match displays, but even this could not help him make the bench for the Germany friendly.
Robinson has not played for his country since the 2-1 defeat to Russia in October 2007 but since joining Blackburn he has seen his form return.
Part of the reason behind the 29-year-old's impressive performances could be the belief that Ince has shown in him and the manager has now expressed his fury at Capello's decision.
Ince told The People: "I was gutted for him, the whole thing was farcical. Paul's performances this season have been England standard no question.
"Being put on England stand-by was only a back handed compliment and then the insult was compounded by the fact that he wasn't even a sub.
"Ray Clemence has been to watch him three times so he knows how well Robinson has been playing. That makes the whole thing farcical."
Robinson faces another challenge on Sunday when he returns to White Hart Lane for the first time but his manager isn't concerned for him.
He added: "He's a tough lad Robbo. He has proved that in the way he has handled his move and how he has performed since arriving here.
"Paul has been different class and some of his performances have been world class. He's a leader, he's a shouter and for me he remains the best keeper in England.
"That's what I thought of him before I bought him and I'm even more convinced now. He won't be fazed by going back to Tottenham."