Kirkland targeting England spot
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Kirkland is targeting his first England cap after proving his return to top form.
Chris Kirkland is targeting his first England cap after proving his return to top form with a stunning display against Arsenal.
The West Brom keeper, on loan from Liverpool, performed miraculously as The Baggies pulled off a shock win against Arsene Wenger's men, and he now wants to push for a place in the World Cup finals squad.
Kirkland was being groomed to become number one for his country but a depressing run of injury troubles have ensured that he has yet to actually taste action with Sven Goran Eriksson's side.
"There's plenty of keepers there who can play for England," he told Sky Sports News. "I know I have to be on top of my game every week and then you might be in with a chance.
"It's going to be difficult. 'Robbo' [Paul Robinson] has been fantastic and it's going to be hard to move him. But, hopefully, I can carry on playing like I did on Saturday and improve even more."
Kirkland, who was linked with a move to Arsenal in one newspaper report on Tuesday, is determined that West Brom build on the win over The Gunners.
"It needs to be [a starting point]," he continued. "It's no good winning on Saturday if we go and lose our next four or five games.
"We've got to use it as a platform and look to build now. We've forgotten about Saturday now, it's gone.
"It was a great performance, a great three points but we're focusing on Bolton on Sunday now."