England pick Aussie Robson as Ashes backup

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    England appear to have claimed victory in the first Ashes battle of the summer, with sought-after Sydney-born batsman Sam Robson picked in a Lions development squad on Monday.

    Robson, whose mother was born in Nottingham, has been caught in a tug-of-war battle between the rival nations for his services after plundering runs in the Country Championship.

    It Robson’s first callup to a national squad, having only qualified for England in August after playing county cricket for Middlesex since 2009.

    The 24-year-old is the second-highest runscorer in Division One of the County Championship, scoring 1,180 runs at an average of 47.2.

    His eye-catching form this year, coupled with Australia’s far-from-settled Test batting lineup, prompted calls to try and woo the former Australia and NSW under-19s player back home.

    Previous attempts were stymied by Robson’s desire to continue playing county cricket, where he sparked his career after being stuck behind a glut of batsman as a teenager in the NSW system.

    This, in part, resulted in Cricket Australia relaxing their domestic qualification regulations, allowing dual-nations to appear as a domestic-qualified player in more than one country – believed to be a rule designed specifically to allow Robson to play Sheffield Shield cricket while not giving up his county commitments.

    But the attempts appear to have fallen short following Robson’s selection in the `Performance Programme’, a shadow squad which will tour Australia during the Ashes, which start with the Gabba Test on November 21.

    It means that Robson could be called on by England coach Andy Flower should form or injury require change to a very settled top order.

    England’s 17-man Test squad for the Ashes, also named on Monday, contained few surprises other than the omission of experienced batsman Nick Compton, with the uncapped Gary Ballance and top order specialist Michael Carberry preferred.

    “He’s played very well for Yorkshire so it’s not a left-field selection, it’s considered,” England national selector Geoff Miller said of Ballance.

    Reliable seamer Graham Onions could also be considered unlucky, with selectors opting for towering quick Chris Tremlett instead, while controversial offspinner Monty Panesar has been included as back-up to Graeme Swann.

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    • September 24th 2013 @ 7:08am
      Nudge said | September 24th 2013 @ 7:08am | ! Report

      It’s like the england cricket board are running a competition. Lets see how many different nations we can have playing in the side. They are starting to become laughable

      • September 24th 2013 @ 7:44am
        ChrisT said | September 24th 2013 @ 7:44am | ! Report

        About as laughable as the indecent haste Australian sport generally pushes through residency

        • September 24th 2013 @ 8:41am
          Nudge said | September 24th 2013 @ 8:41am | ! Report

          Mate there will be 11 Aussies fronting up in Brisbane 6 English 3 South Africans 1 Irish and 1 from Zimbabwe. Embarrassing

          • Roar Rookie

            September 24th 2013 @ 9:17am
            josh said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:17am | ! Report

            It’s getting pretty old, Nudge.

            • September 24th 2013 @ 10:34am
              Nudge said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:34am | ! Report

              It might be getting old but its getting worse

              • September 25th 2013 @ 12:19pm
                Disco said | September 25th 2013 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

                Whinge, whinge, whinge.

            • September 24th 2013 @ 11:47am
              Hookin' YT said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:47am | ! Report

              Cork it mate. Its old.

          • Roar Guru

            September 24th 2013 @ 9:48am
            HardcorePrawn said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:48am | ! Report

            And of course, there’s NEVER been an overseas-born player who’s represented the Australia cricket team.
            Apart from the two (that I can think of) that have done so this year, and all the others that have pulled on the baggy green in the past, as well as many others that have represented Australia in Union, League, Soccer, Netball, the Olympics…

            This is a tired argument – repeated whenever the Roar has an article about the English Cricket or Rugby teams – and one an Australian (or indeed anyone from pretty well any other nation) cannot hope to win as every country now does it.

          • September 24th 2013 @ 9:58am
            JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:58am | ! Report

            Nudge, are you an England selector now? Seems you already know the make up of England’s XI for the first test, fair play to you.. Can you let us know the Aussie XI too please mate?

            • September 24th 2013 @ 10:09am
              Nudge said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:09am | ! Report

              Reckon balance at 6 and rankin 3rd seamer jimmy. Shattered about robson

              • September 24th 2013 @ 10:24am
                JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:24am | ! Report

                Well we will have to see, but I’d be surprised to see either of them line up in the first test.
                I know that you’re gutted about Robson, but despite what’s been written about a tug of war between the ECB and CA for his services, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest there has been anything of the sort. It would appear that it has been a personal decision by Robson, no more, no less. The question being asked is why does Robson want to play for England and not Australia? Is it purely financial or is it something deeper than that? I’d focus on that Nudge, rather than berating England for picking an England qualified player for a performance team.
                Btw, I believe he could still play for either country until such time as he plays an international proper, so there is still time to twist his arm (or break it) if you are really keen to have him.
                I suspect though that there will be very few if any Roarers who have ever seen Robson play…in Australia anyway.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 10:42am
                JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:42am | ! Report

                I meant to say that the question that SHOULD being asked is why does Robson want to play for England rather than Australia?

              • Roar Guru

                September 24th 2013 @ 10:54am
                HardcorePrawn said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:54am | ! Report

                JimmyB, he probably just sees himself as English.

                My kids – one born in England, one in Australia, to an English father (me) and an Australian mother (Mrs Prawn) – both consider themselves to be English.
                Were either of them able to one day play a sport to international standard there’s not much question as to which country they’d represent.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 10:56am
                James said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:56am | ! Report

                yeah has their been even a hint that robson was ever even contemplating australia? it was my understanding that chris rogers and others had already said hes definitely english for quite a while.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 11:00am
                JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:00am | ! Report

                Prawn, I’m in a very similar situation myself mate, although my daughter is way too young to know what she is yet. I will obviously attempt to make her see the light, but she will sound like an Aussie no matter what.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 11:02am
                JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:02am | ! Report

                I understand that James, but the question still remains why? I don’t have a problem with it, but it is a valid question.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 12:15pm
                James said | September 24th 2013 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

                prefers england. being born somewhere is great but if anyone has english parents as i do you grow up with a knowledge that those whos parents are both australian may not have. i have lived most my life in australia but i much prefer england. at the end of the day we are trying to draw conclusions without knowing anything about robson really. he chose england and there has not seemed any doubt coming from him for a number of years that he would choose england.

              • September 25th 2013 @ 4:30am
                ChrisUK said | September 25th 2013 @ 4:30am | ! Report

                You’re probably right James, but it does seem peculiar. I don’t understand it either. I could understand it if England was his only hope of an international career, but it isn’t. It’s just…strange.

              • September 27th 2013 @ 1:32am
                Bertie said | September 27th 2013 @ 1:32am | ! Report

                James

                “prefers england. being born somewhere is great but if anyone has english parents as i do you grow up with a knowledge that those whos parents are both australian may not have. i have lived most my life in australia but i much prefer england. at the end of the day we are trying to draw conclusions without knowing anything about robson really. he chose england and there has not seemed any doubt coming from him for a number of years that he would choose england.”

                What knowledge? Knowledge is the wrong word. Connection/affinity/mentality are better descriptions of what you’re talking about. Actually I’ve known people in Australia and Japan (expats of Anglophone countries) with no connection whatsoever to the UK who seem as British as the British. They are obsessed with Britain, and understand its culture and manifest (supposedly) British characteristics, like reticence, aloofness and scepticism, to the extent that British people do. And they have no connection with the UK. So it’s not something that is necessarily gained through parentage, although it can also be gained through parentage.

                On the other hand, the majority of people I’ve known in Australia with British parents seem to lack these traits and this affinity. Some have it, sure. Some, with no British parents or grandparents, have it. But most don’t.

                Some people have a connection, or way of thinking, that is almost American.

              • September 27th 2013 @ 2:25am
                ChrisUK said | September 27th 2013 @ 2:25am | ! Report

                That’s because human beings are different, and have different motivations. It’s as simple as that.

            • September 24th 2013 @ 10:11am
              JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:11am | ! Report

              Nudge, I know that you consider Prior a South African, which is fair enough because his mother is South African and he was born there, however his father is English and he moved to England with his family when he was 11, meaning that he’s spent nearly 2/3s of his life in England.
              Perhaps we should do a head count on the weekend when the Wallabies take the field as to which ones were born in Oz. It’s simply the nature of international sport and the sooner you deal with it, the better chance you will have of avoiding an ulcer.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 10:20am
                Praveen said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:20am | ! Report

                Guys such as Andrew Symmonds and khawaja are products of our system, whereas the English imports are not, I am not counting Fawad as I was against pushing his residency through

              • September 24th 2013 @ 10:39am
                JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:39am | ! Report

                Of the “foreign” players in the England squad, Prior, Stokes and Ballance are all products of English cricket. Trott, Pietersen and Rankin have spent most if not all of their professional careers playing in England and either have English parentage or in Rankins case was always eligible to play for England being from N.Ireland.
                English county cricket has been the worlds finishing school for as long as I can remember, so if Praveen, you are suggesting that virtually every Australian cricketer of the last 20 years hasn’t been assisted in their development by the English system, then you are just simply wrong. The English system has given far more to world cricket than the Australian system ever has or will do, like it or not. Time to suck it up fellas.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 11:48am
                Hookin' YT said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:48am | ! Report

                Well said Jimmy.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 12:21pm
                Praveen said | September 24th 2013 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

                Fair points jimmy

              • September 25th 2013 @ 12:21pm
                Disco said | September 25th 2013 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

                Spot on, Jimmy.

      • September 24th 2013 @ 3:49pm
        Hookin' YT said | September 24th 2013 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

    • September 24th 2013 @ 10:55am
      James said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:55am | ! Report

      it just sounds like bitterness and being a sore loser to complain about england or any country having foreign born players in a team. you cant just decide to join a foreign countries team, you have to jump thru quite a few hoops, fulfill more than a few criteria and have lived in that country for quite a while. its not something you suddenly decide to do and a week later you are in the team. i have no problem with anyone moving to another country and playing for that adopted country because they love it. you dont commit to a country simply on a whim. in fact players who go thru all that difficulty to be eligible actually chose that country whereas the rest were merely born their.

      • September 24th 2013 @ 11:11am
        JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:11am | ! Report

        James, Prawn, what do you guys actually make of the England squad?
        I think it’s a great shame that Onions has been overlooked, I would definitely have taken him instead of either Stokes or Panesar.
        I haven’t seen enough of Ballance to form a judgement but he has some impressive stats.
        It just seems a little bit haphazard, given some of the selections during the summer. Taylor was the spare batsman, now he is out completely. Woakes was the all rounder, now it’s Stokes and then there was Kerrigan, well let’s not talk about Kerrigan.

        • September 24th 2013 @ 11:30am
          Nudge said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:30am | ! Report

          They have chopped and changed a bit jimmy. I just wonder with bresnan in serious doubt, if Anderson happened to get injured or they rest him for a test, who would do the donkey work. That’s why I thought onions would have been coming

          • September 24th 2013 @ 11:37am
            JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:37am | ! Report

            Onions should be there, not for the donkey work as such, but because he is one of the best bowlers in Enland, who is in good form, has done well against Australia in the past, offers something different to the rest and so on and so on. I would hope that if there is an injury, that he would be getting the nod. The performance squad looks like a mainly developmental group rather than the next cabs of the rank, otherwise one would imagine that Compton, Taylor, Bopara, Onions, Davies etc would be there.

            • September 24th 2013 @ 11:47am
              Nudge said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:47am | ! Report

              Yeah but if Anderson was to be injured you have 4 bean poles carrying the attack. Who will bowl the long line and length spells on a flat deck?

              • September 24th 2013 @ 6:16pm
                Bob said | September 24th 2013 @ 6:16pm | ! Report

                Yes, with Tremlett an unknown fitness wise and Finn low on confidence Rankin could be asked to play a lot. If Australia can negate Anderson and Swann, our batting may suddenly eb looking a lot better.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 6:16pm
                Bob said | September 24th 2013 @ 6:16pm | ! Report

                Yes, with Tremlett an unknown fitness wise and Finn low on confidence Rankin could be asked to play a lot. If Australia can negate Anderson and Swann, our batting may suddenly eb looking a lot better.

              • September 25th 2013 @ 4:23am
                ChrisUK said | September 25th 2013 @ 4:23am | ! Report

                And Broad?

            • Roar Guru

              September 24th 2013 @ 11:52am
              HardcorePrawn said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:52am | ! Report

              Agreed regarding Onions, that’s a bizarre decision.
              I can only assume too that there’s a reason for his omission that the media are not being told about.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 3:39pm
                Pope Paul VII said | September 24th 2013 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

                Onions. despite meeting the silly name criteria, failed to meet the height requirement. Only himself to blame.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 6:37pm
                JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 6:37pm | ! Report

                Yeah, unfortunately I do believe it is as simple as his height. I just can’t see Monty getting a game at all, I’m assuming England are trying to rehabilitate him before any forthcoming sub continental tours.
                The selectors have in some ways rewarded good county form, eg Ballance, but equally ignored it in the case of Onions, Compton, Taylor etc. I suppose that they can only take so many players so there will always be players who are very unlucky. The Ballance selection is an interesting one, because he has a very real chance of playing. It won’t be easy for him and no doubt he will cop plenty from the crowds, media and players to see if he’s up to it, but also because he’s a newbie and “foreign”. I’m actually not surprised that Taylor didn’t make the squad, because I suspect that he would have a tough time dealing with the bounce in Australia.

            • September 25th 2013 @ 12:23pm
              Disco said | September 25th 2013 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

              Onions is a strike bowler. I’d have had him in the Test side for the whole northern summer.

        • September 24th 2013 @ 12:20pm
          James said | September 24th 2013 @ 12:20pm | ! Report

          im pretty happy with the team. it seems to me to be a team in transit but one where the transition from this generation to the next is being handled pretty damn well. new guys with old guys but without the desperation that australia were faced with a few years ago. not attacking australian selector, they were in an impossible position with too many guys leaving all together though. it looks like a decent team, if the bowlers do well, if tremlett bowls half as well as he did last time here i think australia could be in alot of trouble. swann and anderson will be solid, they always are and this allows us to be ok with finn allowing a few more runs to be scored off him and it allows the newer bowlers coming in to not have too much pressure to be awesome right away. the batting is very similar to what it has been at least in regards to names but they dont seem to know their best batsmen for a couple of places.

          • Columnist

            September 24th 2013 @ 8:30pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | September 24th 2013 @ 8:30pm | ! Report

            Finn has conceded an astonishing 4.6rpo during his four Ashes Tests. No idea how he made the squad, particularly when the beanpole angle was already covered.

            • September 24th 2013 @ 9:28pm
              James said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:28pm | ! Report

              yeah but he takes top order wickets. his test average is pretty much the same as peter siddles but with half the experience.

              • Columnist

                September 24th 2013 @ 9:32pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

                The difference is he makes it harder for his fellow bowlers and Siddle makes it easier.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 10:53pm
                James said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

                his average in tests is .3 different than siddle and siddle has way more experience. and im positive that you like siddle so how is siddle good finn not good?

              • September 24th 2013 @ 11:11pm
                Nudge said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:11pm | ! Report

                Probabably because Finn has played in 2 ashes series and been dropped fairly early in both for being woeful

              • September 25th 2013 @ 3:53am
                James said | September 25th 2013 @ 3:53am | ! Report

                he took 6-125 at the gabba when australia scored big. cant really complain about that

              • September 25th 2013 @ 4:25am
                ChrisUK said | September 25th 2013 @ 4:25am | ! Report

                Pattinson was pretty woeful in his Ashes tests too.

              • September 25th 2013 @ 12:25pm
                Disco said | September 25th 2013 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

                And Siddle was dropped after the 2010/11 series.

            • September 24th 2013 @ 9:32pm
              JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

              Also when he has rythym, he is the quickest of England’s bowlers.

              • Columnist

                September 24th 2013 @ 9:57pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:57pm | ! Report

                From an Aussie perspective we’re delighted to have him in the England side because he releases the pressure built up by the other quicks (exactly why he was dumped after 3 Tests of the last Ashes down under despite being England’s top wicket taker).

                Many of the Aussie batsman get impatient during tight spells and play silly shots but with him around that sort of suffocation doesn’t occur as often.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 10:08pm
                JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:08pm | ! Report

                He’s certainly not perfect, but when he’s on he’s really on. He is still young so much like Pattinson and Starc, he will have his ups and downs, but also like those two, he bowls a lot of wicket taking balls in amongst the odd four ball. Taking wickets is what bowling is all about, so there is definitely room in a squad for players like Finn, Starc and Pattinson IMO.

              • September 25th 2013 @ 4:22am
                ChrisUK said | September 25th 2013 @ 4:22am | ! Report

                Yes, it’s interesting how we can hear how amazing Pattinson and Starc are, yet Finn can be slated, isn’t it?

              • September 25th 2013 @ 12:26pm
                Disco said | September 25th 2013 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

                Pattinson was liberally being described as “world class” in between the India and England tours.

    • September 24th 2013 @ 11:39am
      ChrisT said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:39am | ! Report

      “Robson, whose mother was born in Nottingham, has been caught in a tug-of-war battle …..”

      It’s just complete nonsense isn’t it.

      Robson’s stated preference is not only to play his cricket in England but to live there also. The only people ‘tugging’ are CA, who even change rules in an attempt to lure him in – not unlike the Australian Immigration Department do generally when it comes to anyone who looks like they might enhance their sporting stock.

      • September 24th 2013 @ 11:50am
        Hookin' YT said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:50am | ! Report

        +100

        Irish AFL players, Kiwi or Argie Rugby, Pick a country we poach from in Olympic sports.

        • September 24th 2013 @ 12:22pm
          James said | September 24th 2013 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

          has CA been tugging though? i get the impression its a few people on cricket web sites in australia who are tugging. CA seems to have tried to get him a while back and been rebuffed and so have accepted it.

          • Columnist

            September 24th 2013 @ 2:27pm
            Ronan O'Connell said | September 24th 2013 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

            No CA only recently became aware Robson was even eligible to play for Australia, as reported on cricinfo a few months back. Bizarre.

            • September 24th 2013 @ 6:43pm
              JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

              Bizarre isn’t the word, the guy played for Aus U19s, how much more eligible do you have to be for chrissakes. It’s not as if he’s been hiding under a rock waiting to be discovered.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 9:30pm
                James said | September 24th 2013 @ 9:30pm | ! Report

                like i said ages ago, the notion that australia didnt try to get him is preposterous. they must have tried and he must have said no hence why CA hasnt been publicly saying they want him so not to have a public rebuke. he chose england, everyone involved has moved on so should we.

              • September 24th 2013 @ 11:25pm
                Hookin' YT said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:25pm | ! Report

                I believe that NSW may not have picked him.

            • September 27th 2013 @ 1:23am
              Bertie said | September 27th 2013 @ 1:23am | ! Report

              Ronan O’Connell

              “No CA only recently became aware Robson was even eligible to play for Australia, as reported on cricinfo a few months back. Bizarre.”

              Not really all that bizarre. CA knew Robson was eligible to play for Australia (because he was born in Australia and played for Australia U19s). So that wasn’t the issue. They knew all about him. They do keep tabs on the County Championship.

              The issue was…

              CA is loathe to pick anybody who hasn’t played a game of Sheffield Shield cricket before. It serves as the platform to Test cricket. And Robson hasn’t played a game in the Shield. Even now they’re not saying they’ll put him straight in the Test squad, or even the NSW Shield squad. They’re saying that they’ll put him in the Futures tournament and if he does well there he will be available for selection for the NSW Shield squad.

              The problem has been that, until these recent and sensible changes by CA, it has not been possible to play in the Shield and the County Championship. And while Robson has had no desire of losing his place at Middlesex, he hasn’t been able to play in the Shield. Ergo, he has always been technically available to play for Australia, but protocol has meant that CA have needed to improve the rules for him to really have any opportunity of playing for Australia.

              • Columnist

                September 27th 2013 @ 2:29am
                Ronan O'Connell said | September 27th 2013 @ 2:29am | ! Report

                Nah Bertie cricinfo reported about 2 months ago that CA had only recently become aware he was eligible to play for Aus despite the fact he’s a former u/19 player…they were clueless.

              • September 27th 2013 @ 3:07am
                ChrisUK said | September 27th 2013 @ 3:07am | ! Report

                Ronan, were they ever asked how that came about that they apparently were unaware? And did they ever answer?

      • September 24th 2013 @ 10:43pm
        Homer Gain said | September 24th 2013 @ 10:43pm | ! Report

        For those who haven’t noticed, the world has changed. People are more mobile, sometimes by choice, sometimes (as in the case of Fawad Ahmed) through force of cirumstance. England, the geographical entity, is a muti-racial, multi-cultural, multi-faith nation, plainly very different from the homogeneity of 50 years ago. That has brought challenges as well as benefits for our society. That England the cricket team, reflects to some degree this new mix is only natural and desirable. As others on here have asked (no one has answered as far as I can tell) the real question is why these people in transition are choosing to play for England rather than seeking their fortune in Austrlia (which would have been the case 60 or 70 years ago). Is British society more open and accepting than Australia’s? Is the UK not the sodden, failing relic that a lot of Australians at least pretend to believe? It cant simply be a matter of a better organised cricketing structure because the syndrome is evident across sports and wider society. And by and large those who come here to play professional sport rarely leave once their careers are over. Exceptions like Zola Budd, the Smith brothers and in the future possibly Kevin Pietersen, tend to prove the rule.

    • September 24th 2013 @ 12:28pm
      Peter said | September 24th 2013 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

      It’s embarrassing hearing of various Australian cricket authorities fawning over Robson. He’s not interested in playing for Australia. He is now the enemy.

      • September 24th 2013 @ 6:48pm
        JimmyB said | September 24th 2013 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

        Well it ain’t over til it’s over Peter. He could still play for Australia, but England have offered the first embrace, but they are not married yet. It reminds me a little bit of the Symonds case. I understand that England did try to woo him and he ummed and aahed for a bit before choosing Australia. In hindsight, I just can’t imagine him playing for anyone other than Australia.

        • September 24th 2013 @ 11:26pm
          Hookin' YT said | September 24th 2013 @ 11:26pm | ! Report

          NSW have to make him an offer better than Middlesex.

        • September 25th 2013 @ 4:35am
          ChrisUK said | September 25th 2013 @ 4:35am | ! Report

          I think England only selected Symonds to force his hand and stop him playing as a domestic cricketer when he had no intention of playing for England.

        • September 25th 2013 @ 12:37pm
          Peter said | September 25th 2013 @ 12:37pm | ! Report

          His comments today suggest he won’t be playing for Australia. Hopefully he’ll become the next Alan Mullally.

          • September 27th 2013 @ 3:08am
            ChrisUK said | September 27th 2013 @ 3:08am | ! Report

            Ohhhh, that’s below the belt Peter…

            (Robson is anything but a shoo-in to play for England anyway).

    • September 24th 2013 @ 1:11pm
      Aakash bhat said | September 24th 2013 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

      Traitor

    • September 24th 2013 @ 2:47pm
      Jonty said | September 24th 2013 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

      He’s a half Aussie half pom so whats the problem? Aussies just making a bigger deal than it needs to be get over it Aussies u don’t mind choosing someone like fawad Ahmed in your squad and at least Robson has English blood in him u losers hahaha shame aussies your country has to be the biggest hypocrites in the world

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