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Keeper Robinson joins Blackburn

Paul Robinson
Robinson lost form and confidence last season

Tottenham and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has joined Blackburn for 3.5m, signing a five-year contract.

Robinson, 28, had a torrid time last season, losing his place in Spurs' starting line-up and also being replaced as England's number one.

And last month Spurs boss Juande Ramos signed Brazilian keeper Heurelho Gomes from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

Former Leeds stopper Robinson looks set to replace Brad Friedel, who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa.

Robinson is Paul Ince's first signing as Blackburn boss, and it is sure to be a controversial one with some Rovers fans.


While Robinson is nine years Friedel's junior, the American veteran was a far more consistent performer last season.

Robinson did play in Tottenham's Carling Cup win over Chelsea last season but was dogged by poor form and his place was constantly under threat from Radek Cerny.

A January horror show against Reading was the last straw in a series of below-par performances and led to Ramos dropping Robinson in favour of Cerny for 10 matches.

Robinson joined the north London club for 1.5m in May 2004 and his England debut followed in June of the same year.

He was first-choice keeper at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and kept four clean sheets as England were knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

However, doubts surfaced about his international future when a Gary Neville back-pass bobbled over his foot and into the net in a 2-0 defeat by Croatia.

He was replaced by Villa's Scott Carson for a friendly with Austria last November before being omitted for the crucial Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia at Wembley.

Ince would like to add to his squad before the start of the new campaign but will be equally focused on ensuring the likes of David Bentley and Roque Santa Cruz do not follow Friedel out of the club.

see also
Villa cleared for Friedel talks
25 Jul 08 |  Blackburn
Spurs agree deal for keeper Gomes
26 Jun 08 |  Tottenham
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
24 Feb 08 |  Football

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