Belfast Telegraph

Robinson gets shock call-up

By Stuart McKinley

Stephen Robinson has won a surprise recall to the Northern Ireland squad, just two months short of his 33rd birthday.

The Luton Town midfielder will be included in the panel for next Wednesday's vital Euro 2008 qualifier against Sweden when manager Nigel Worthington names his squad tomorrow morning.

Robinson will be the oldest outfield player in the squad, with impressive form in League One this season for the Hatters - who meet Everton in the Carling Cup at the end of the month - getting him the nod.

And his return to the international scene comes eight years after Robinson's only competitive start for his country.

The former Tottenham Hotspur apprentice has only six caps to his name since making his debut in a friendly against Thailand a decade ago. That turned out to be his only appearance under Bryan Hamilton, before playing twice under Lawrie McMenemy's management.

The Crumlin-man appeared in two of Sammy McIlroy's first three matches in charge back in 2000, but since then his international experience amounts to a minute against Azerbaijan two years ago as a substitute for Stuart Elliott, in his only cap under Lawrie Sanchez and was an unused sub against England five days later.

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