Robinson: Not a disaster
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Robinson is confident England can recover from their 0-0 draw in Israel.
Paul Robinson is confident England can recover from their goalless draw in Israel.
England lost ground on the top two in Group E with the draw in Tel Aviv, and are now three points behind Russia and five adrift of leaders Croatia.
Israel and Macedonia are also still in contention for qualification, but Robinson believes England can still reach Euro 2008.
"This draw is not a complete disaster. There is still a lot to play for," said the goalkeeper in the Daily Star.
"We have got seven games to go and so, if we get a good run going, the group will change again."
Steve McClaren's side dominated possession against Israel and Robinson admits everyone in the England setup was upset not to come away with all three points.
He explained: "It was disappointing because we came here to win. We wanted to win and only came away with a draw.
"Our preparation was excellent, we came into the game feeling good and I think we defended well and we were troubled very rarely.
"But they defended particularly well. They were hard to break down.
"Our situation isn't good, and we were really disappointed in the dressing room because it felt like a defeat.
"I don't know what went wrong. You will have to ask the manager."
England have not won any of their last five games and Robinson accepts it is essential for them to get back on track against Andorra on Wednesday.
"We wanted six points from these two games. That's not possible now but we need to get four," he urged.