Christopher Edmund "Chris" Kirkland
(born 2 May 1981 in Leicestershire
) 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.
Early life and career
Kirkland was born in Barwell
, 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.
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... Read More