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West Brom coach Bryan Robson has come out to big up left back Paul Robinson, claiming the defender was similar to Ashely Cole, and better than Wayne Bridge,

Robson said: “I didn’t know Paul Robinson that well when I came here but since the turn of the year he has been absolutely outstanding. He has had a lot of outstanding games for me. He is a bit similar to Ashley Cole and he has got the same pace, stamina and high intensity about his game.”

“From what I’ve seen since January of Paul Robinson, he is a better player than Wayne Bridge. I’ve mentioned Robinson to a couple of the England scouts as one they should have a look at.”

Interestingly, Wayne Bridge himself seems to agree as he’s admitted he was just as surprised as everyone-other-than-Sven that he was recalled to the England side after neithing proving form nor fitness for Chelsea over the last two seasons,

“I didn’t know I was going to be called up,” he confessed. “I went to Venice and was supposed to go for three or four days but obviously I came back early.”

“I made a little mistake for the goal when I got beaten too easily but that happens in football. Maybe it was a loss of concentration but it won’t happen again.”