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By ESPN Staff

Ramos happy to stick with keeper Robinson

Tottenham head coach Juande Ramos has backed Paul Robinson to remain first-choice goalkeeper at White Hart Lane, as long as he continues the form he has shown since the last international break.

Ramos stopped short of giving his total 100% support to the England stopper - as former boss Martin Jol often did - but he did offer encouragement to the 28-year-old.

Robinson has been guilty of high-profile blunders for club and country this season, making the goalkeeper position an obvious candidate for change when Ramos arrived at Spurs a fortnight ago.

After criticism for parrying Alexei Berezutsky's drive into the path of Roman Pavluchenko for Russia's winner that put England on the brink of Euro 2008 elimination, Robinson picked up a calf injury - but he has had three clean sheets since returning.

'Paul is one of the best goalkeepers in England - he is the number one for England,' said Ramos, whose team beat Wigan 4-0 in the Barclays Premier League at White Hart Lane yesterday.

'If he keeps playing the way he is playing at the moment, of course I'm going to count on him and I'm going to keep him in mind.'

Spurs took great pride in having a British spine to their team under Jol, but Ramos has insisted he will not be favouring players from particular countries as he looks to climb the table.

It has led to Spurs being linked with goalkeepers such as Schalke's Manuel Neuer and Udinese's Samir Handanovic.

Ramos, however, also sees Robinson as one of the leaders within the squad - and the goalkeeper was given the captain's armband when Robbie Keane was substituted against Wigan.

'I'm quite happy with him,' Ramos added of his goalkeeper.

'In four matches he's been able to keep three clean sheets.

'One of the important things is he is one of the captains of the team and has been very good on and off the pitch, creating and building morale.'

Victory over managerless Wigan was Spurs' first league success for almost three months.

Jermaine Jenas, who scored two goals, believes similar impressive performances in the next two months can prove to Ramos that radical changes may not be needed in the January transfer window.

'The regime is different; the lads have taken to it well, and we hope we can do more of the same,' said the midfielder.

'I wouldn't say that we are playing for our futures. He wants to have his own influence on the club, which is fine, but he knows that he has a good squad of players - and if we keep performing like that then everything will be fine.'

Meanwhile, Ledley King is building up his fitness after knee surgery in the summer - and Gareth Bale's foot injury is taking longer than expected.

'It's quite difficult with injuries, because you think it will take a certain time - and then it takes longer,' said Ramos.

'With Ledley King, he's obviously going to get fitter. But it will take him some time to get match fit.'