Chris Kirkland

Chris Kirkland

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Chris Kirkland

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Christopher Edmund "Chris" Kirkland (born 2 May 1981 in Leicestershire, England) is an English footballer who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Wigan Athletic in the Premier League. He also has one cap for the England national team.

Once regarded as one of the country's most promising goalkeepers, he was signed by Liverpool for £6m in 2001. However, his time at the club was blighted by recurring injury problems, and as a result almost caused him to retire from football prematurely.

Following a successful loan spell, Kirkland signed for Wigan Athletic in 2006. Although still somewhat hampered by injuries, he has made over 120 appearances for the club.

Club career

Early life and career

Kirkland was born in Barwell, Leicestershire, where he grew up with his parents, Marie and Eddie, As a teenager, Kirkland trained with Coventry City and Leicester City. After an unsuccessful trial with Blackburn Rovers, he accepted a contract offer from Coventry. He signed professional terms with the club in July 1998.

Coventry City

Kirkland made his debut for Coventry in the League Cup against Tranmere Rovers on 22 September 1999. He shot to prominence as one of the most promising young English keepers in the country in the 2000–01 season when he replaced Swedish international Magnus Hedman as first choice...
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