Rovers Official Website caught up with Theo Robinson to speak about his International call-up for Jamaica.
You are on International duty next week. How do you feel about that?
I am really looking forward to playing for my country next week. They are two crucial games, which we need to get points from and other sides have to drop them, so we have a chance of getting at least to the play offs.
How much do you enjoy playing away for your country?
Its good, you go out there and it’s a different type of set up but its great to meet up with other players from clubs in Britain. It’s good for getting other experience away from club football.
Does being away and playing when other lads are not bother you?
No it does not bother me as it allows me to go over there and work on parts of my game I need to. I like to play football as much as I can but there is a lot of competition for places in the national side and although last time I did not play, it was still good to get the experience. It’s great to be involved in the World Cup qualifiers especially if you are playing for your country, which is a proud moment for me.
Jamaica have a couple of tough games ahead now against the USA and Honduras.
Yes, we have to win these games to try and qualify but we know this is a tough task but with the quality of players we have I feel we can still do it. We will have to be at our best against two good sides who are also looking to get those places. The USA have quite a few players in the Premier League in England, so are very experienced.
How does it affect you when you come back to Rovers for the League campaign?
I will still be training while I am away and will have the same amount of time keeping fit. Although we have long flights, we get beds so that it does not affect our sleep patterns. I am just happy getting called up so you can live with the inconvenience of the travel.
What about the season you are having since joining Rovers. How have you seen it so far?
It’s going well at the moment and I started really well with two goals. It’s always a transition when you go from one club to another in ways that you train and play. Macheda has also come in so you have four strikers all vying for places up front. I feel though it is going all right now and I am enjoying my time up here with the boys. It’s been a bit of up and down in the games but we have to keep going as we are playing well.
You mentioned Macheda. How do feel about playing with him?
I was enjoying playing with Chris (Brown) before but Kiko has come in and brings a different type of play. The gaffer needs options up front, so to have different styles allows him to mix and match depending on tactics and the other club. We all have our strengths as I like to get in the channels, Browny is a target man and Kiko gets in the holes, which means we all compliment each other.
You have played in a couple of positions but which do you enjoy the most?
I’m a striker and I love playing up front to score goals but I am happy to play where ever I am asked to do a job for the team. If the gaffer asks me to play in a position I will do the best I can - I just want to play football.