Kirkland upbeat despite snub
Chris Kirkland refuses to question Fabio Capello's motives for omitting him from the latest England squad.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 09/10/08 1:36pm
Chris Kirkland refuses to question Fabio Capello's motives for omitting him from the England squad to face Kazakhstan and Belarus in 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
The in-form Wigan keeper has conceded just three goals in his last five Premier League appearances, but has failed to catch the eye of the national coach.
As a result, Kirkland will now use the upcoming international break to rest a persistent back problem.
"I didn't think I'd be in, I can understand his (Capello's) reason," the one-cap shot-stopper told the Wigan Observer.
"I've got a niggling back injury and it's a good chance to rest it.
"I've missed a bit of football and, while playing for England is still an ambition, for the time being I'm with Wigan and getting fit. I think it'll do me good in the long term."
Kirkland earned his solitary England cap in a friendly against Greece back in 2006, but appears to have fallen behind Robert Green, David James and Scott Carson in the international pecking order.
However, the former Liverpool man is confident of forcing his way back into the fold in the future.
"It's definitely an aim of mine to get back in the squad," he added.