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MORE TO COME

Posted on 14 May 2006  - 12:00

Hans Segers insists there is plenty more to come from Paul Robinson - he aims to help take him from England's number one to one of the best in the world.

Hans Segers insists there is plenty more to come from Paul Robinson - he aims to help take him from England's number one to one of the best in the world.

Fans favourite Robbo has been Sven Goran Eriksson's first choice goalkeeper since replacing David James for a World Cup qualifier against Poland in September 2004.

He's only missed a handful of internationals since - last summer's tour of the USA through injury - and is now England's undisputed number one going to the World Cup in Germany.

Our goalkeeping coach Hans revealed that his initial target for Robbo was achieved within a few months of his switch from Leeds United and he's got better and better since.

"I always sit down with each of the goalkeepers before the season and ask their ambitions and then I tell them my ambitions for them," revealed Hans.

"My ambition for Paul when he joined us at the start of 2004-05 was to get him to England's number one and then to play in Germany.

"Four months later he was England's number one and he's stayed there since!

"You then have to move your ambitions on and he's responded to everything. It's not easy - there are a lot of goalkeepers after that spot in England and you have to be the best under the spotlight week in, week out and he's done that.

"He's progressing all the time and that very pleasing for Paul, myself, the club and of course England.

"We're not finished with him yet either. You can improve all the time and even when you get into your 30s, you can always learn from previous experience, previous games, watching videos, training in certain areas.

"We keep working hard on him, he wants to be the best and I want to make him into one of the best three goalkeepers in the world and he loves that.

"He's focused and that's important. Paul's ambition is to be the best in the world. That's hard work but he wants it and that's great motivation - it's a pleasure working with him."