Sam Allardyce supports Paul Robinson

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Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has backed goalkeeper Paul Robinson's decision to retire from international football.

The 30-year-old was called up for England's friendly with Hungary, but decided against accepting the call and instead backed out of international duty altogether.

Allardyce commented:"For the time being, England will miss him. They missed him the World Cup because he should have gone there.

"He feels that if he isn't going to be number one, then he doesn't feel the need to be travelling with England.

"You'd have to ask him if he'd come back if guaranteed the number one spot, but I would presume so.

"Certainly at this moment in time, though, he doesn't feel that's the case. He feels that he should be number one and has always felt that way.

"As my player, I support him because I see him week in, week out and know how well he has performed.

"It's a big decision he's made, but I understand it."

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