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‘He’s good enough’: Paul Robinson now says 22-year-old Leeds man should be at the World Cup over West Ham star
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‘He’s good enough’: Paul Robinson now says 22-year-old Leeds man should be at the World Cup over West Ham star

Leeds United fans have now seen all of their representatives turn out at the World Cup.

However, Paul Robinson, speaking on Stadium Astro, believes there should be another Leeds star in Qatar this month.

Tyler Adams put in a phenomenal performance for the USA against Wales.

He set two records in their opening game as they earned a draw against Dan James’ side.

Brenden Aaronson came off the bench as the USA tried to put the game to bed, but Gareth Bale once again delivered in the final minutes.

Rasmus Kristensen made his World Cup debut yesterday against Tunisia and kept an important clean sheet.

Robinson has now said that goalkeeper Illan Meslier should be at the World Cup with France.

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Didier Deschamps chose not to call up the under-21 international, even after Mike Maignon’s injury.

Instead, he went with former Palace keeper Steve Mandanda and West Ham back-up Alphonse Areola.

Robinson can’t understand why Areola has been called-up ahead of the 22-year-old.

Meslier has plenty of experience for such a young goalkeeper, and could have really benefitted from heading to his first major international tournament.

Instead, he’ll be working hard during his time off before Leeds head to the USA to prepare for the Premier League restarting.

Meslier should be at the World Cup – Robinson

Robinson, who played for Leeds and Tottenham, was asked about France’s goalkeeper options behind Spurs captain Hugo Lloris.

“I look at the two goalkeepers on the bench [for France], [Alphonse] Areola and [Steve] Mandanda,” Robinson said.

“[Lloris’] has got no competition in that squad whatsoever.

“Those two goalkeepers are not good enough to challenge him whatsoever.

“For me, Meslier at Leeds should be in that squad. He’s good enough.

“Areola has hardly played this season, Meslier could come in, he would challenge Lloris as a number one I think.”

Meslier ended the first half of the league season in decent form, having a brilliant game against Liverpool.

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He’s been linked with replacing Lloris at Tottenham in the future, and Lloris has said in the past he’s a fan of the youngster.

To make a case for Areola’s inclusion, he does already have a World Cup winners medal in his locker.

He was third choice in Russia four years ago, and has accumulated some Premier League and European experience since then.

Areola has helped West Ham become the first side ever to achieve a 100% record in the Europa Conference League.

However, Robinson and plenty of Leeds fans will still argue that Meslier should be at the World Cup ahead of him right now.

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