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ROBBO ON WOODY

Posted on 5 December 2006  - 12:00

Paul Robinson has few doubts that injuries have robbed his former team-mate Jonathan Woodgate of a regular place in the England squad.

Paul Robinson has few doubts that injuries have robbed his former team-mate Jonathan Woodgate of a regular place in the England squad.The central defender looks set to line-up against us for Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane tonight after recovering from illness.

After making his name alongside Robbo at Leeds United, Woodgate was restricted by injuries to 37 appearances for Newcastle between January 2003 and August 2004, when he switched to La Liga giants Real Madrid. Again, injuries kept him to just seven senior appearances when he moved back to England via a loan deal with hometown team Middlesbrough in September.

Now 26, he's enjoyed a run of games for the Teesiders this term and Robbo feels if he stays fit, he’ll be in international contention again.

“Jonathan’s a very good player and I think he would have been a lot nearer the England set up if he hadn’t had the injuries," said England's number one.

“He deserves a lot of credit for the way he’s come back this season and he’s only missed a couple of matches.

“He’s on loan and I’m sure if Real Madrid are watching how he’s playing and that he’s showing some of his true potential, they might not want to let him go. I’ve not spoken to him so I’m not sure what his long-term plans are but I’m sure he’s just happy to be back playing football regularly for his hometown club.

“Ever since I’ve known him he’s always been a Middlesbrough fan so when there was the chance to come back to England and Middlesbrough were interested, there was only one place he was going to go.”