KIRK­LAND CAN STILL AIM FOR ENG­LAND

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Ja­son Wil­son

DAVE JONES has thrown down the gaunt­let to Chris Kirk­land by telling his Sh­effield Wed­nes­day goal­keeper that his in­ter­na­tional ca­reer is not nec­es­sar­ily over.

The for­mer Liver­pool keeper saw his top-flight ca­reer slowly di­min­ish as he has strug­gled with in­juries for the best part of a decade.

But the 32-year-old, who won his soli­tary Eng­land cap against Greece in 2006, was an ever-present in the Owls’ Cham­pi­onship cam­paign and Jones wants him to push on and show the form that made him one of the most high­lyre­garded stop­pers in the coun­try.

“If you have as­pi­ra­tions to play at in­ter­na­tional level, then never give up,” said Jones.

“I think that’s been proved. Look at (Kevin) Davies last year and (Rickie) Lam­bert this year, both of them 30-plus.

“You should never say never, You don’t know what’s around the cor­ner. If they’ve got as­pi­ra­tions like that, then why not?”

ONE CAP: Chris Kirk­land

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