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Club focus for Kirkland

25 August 2006 01:52
Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Chris Kirkland says he is focused on proving his form and fitness with the Latics, rather than worrying about his place in the England squad. The 25-year-old has joined Wigan on a season-long loan, with a permanent deal to follow if he shows up well. Kirkland, still on the books of Liverpool, is also back in the England set-up under new coach Steve McClaren, but it is his club future that is his main priority. He said: "I have got to be playing well for my club first of all, that is the important thing. If England comes after that, great. "I was told to find another club by Liverpool and I did that in the summer. I hope this move to Wigan will become a permanent one. "There are no guarantees here, I know that. It will be extremely tough to stay in the team with Mike Pollitt and John Filan around. "I just want to stay fit, stay in the side and help Wigan stay in the Premier League. "I have had a tough few years, but Paul Jewell has given me a chance and I am grateful to him."

Source: ESA