Portsmouth No2 Adams: England can't drop Robinson for James

Portsmouth assistant boss Tony Adams rates David James as England's best goalkeeper - but wouldn't select him ahead of Tottenham's Paul Robinson for next week's Euro2008 qualifiers.

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"In that situation, I would leave Paul Robinson in," the former Arsenal and England captain said. "I think it would be unfair on both parties if David was made first-choice.

"We've used Paul in a tournament last summer, Steve McClaren made him his No 1. To change now puts pressure on the one coming in and destroys the one you have had. Is David James, at 37, the one to go with for the future, even though he is the best English goalkeeper right now?

"Obviously, I know David better than Paul. From the outside, Spurs conceded a lot of goals last year, and from set plays. David takes aggressive starting positions and has been working with a new sports psychologist since he came to Portsmouth, doing a lot of visualisation and work on his concentration and mental state, so he has improved that side of his game."

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