Kirkland backed for call-up
01 Dec 2009 - 11:46:52
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has backed Chris Kirkland's claim for a place in England's World Cup squad.
Three Lions head coach Fabio Capello does not appear to have settled on his number one goalkeeper ahead of next summer's finals.
Portsmouth's David James, Ben Foster of Manchester United and West Ham United keeper Robert Green have all been used by the Italian coach in recent games.
But following his consistent form for the Latics this season, Martinez believes his 28-year-old shot-stopper should be given his chance.
Kirkland has won just one international cap in a friendly against Greece in 2006.
"No player in the Premier League has been tested the way he has during the past week," Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post.
"Chris has been playing to a high standard on a regular basis and he has proved he can cope at the highest level."
Referring to the recent 9-1 thrashing by Spurs, he added. "I am so pleased for Chris after what happened last week. He is a better keeper than he was a week ago and he reacted as a man.
"If England need a keeper for the World Cup, Chris showed this week that he has all the ingredients.
"He plays week in, week out for us and I think we should let football make the decision."