Kirkland retains Lions hope
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Kirkland is retaining hope of being included in England's World Cup squad.
Chris Kirkland is retaining hope of being included in England's World Cup squad, but is currently concentrating on regaining his West Brom place.
The on-loan Liverpool keeper was in great form for The Baggies until injury allowed Polish keeper Tomasz Kuszczak a run in the first team.
Kirkland was not expecting to be in Sven Goran Eriksson's squad to play Uruguay on Wednesday as he knows only first-team regulars get a look-in.
The 24-year-old is happy to wait for his West Brom chance and is looking to make the most of any opportunity to bolster his chances of playing in Germany this summer.
"I was not expecting to be in. You've got to be playing to be picked by England so I have got no arguments," said Kirkland.
"I've just got to work as hard as I can to try and get back in the Albion team.
"Have I still got a chance for the World Cup? I hope so.
"I got injured, he [Kuszczak] has come in and done great so I've got to wait for my chance and make sure I take it.
"The World Cup is at the back of my mind. The most important thing is West Brom and staying up. That's all I am thinking about."