Robert's not a bottler - claims Robert

Last updated : 03 September 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Many observers were surprised to see the French set-piece specialist sitting in the centre circle while the likes of Jonathan Woodgate, Jermaine Jenas and Aaron Hughes step forward, but he claims it wasn’t his decision.

“It’s completely false to say I didn’t want to take a penalty. I was eighth in line that’s all,” claimed Robert on his personal website.

“Why was I taking a spot-kick last? I am always ready to take a penalty.

“Against Belgrade, I was next up but unfortunately my chance did not come. I waited my turn but we were eliminated first. It was a great blow for us and I take it very badly.”

Well, either that’s a load of rubbish or someone needs to ask Sir Bobby why it was the case - I know what I think.