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Kirkland Could Go To The Top Says Big Ron

Former Sky Blues boss Ron Atkinson has tipped Chris Kirkland for the very top, and says he could have even better prospects than Leeds sensation Paul Robinson.

Kirkland, thrust into the limelight this season, has impressed the TV pundit, and he has picked him out a potential England number one.

Following months of anguish that England have no goalkeeping stars of the future to look forward to, Big Ron said in his Guardian column that Kirkland could go all the way and follow Robinson – Nigel Martyn’s replacement – into the England squad.

There was no place for Kirkland in the England under-21 squad though, with Arsenal fourth choice Stuart Taylor being preferred.

Kirkland might have longer to impress than was originally planned, as Magnus Hedman could need an operation on his injured knee.

The Sky Blues’ wounded list is shortening, however, with Craig Bellamy and Cedric Roussel both recovering from a hamstring and back injury respectively.

Coventry City are rumoured to be tracking another Honduran player to add to the squad.

But this contradicts Bryan Richardson’s statement earlier in the season that another player from outside the EU would not be signed as the club already has its quota of five non-EU players.
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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 10 Nov 00
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