Allardyce stands by his man

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Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce has backed his goalkeeper Paul Robinson's decision to quit the international scene with England in protest at not being first choice for his country.

However, Allardyce - speaking after his team's 2-1 friendly victory over Celtic at Parkhead - hinted Robinson could yet change his mind if he was assured of a place in the England team.

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

"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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