Peter Shilton has paid tribute to Chris Kirkland after the Liverpool keeper was called up for England.
Peter Shilton has paid tribute to Chris Kirkland after the Liverpool keeper was called up for England's friendly in Spain.
Kirkland was included in Head Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad after an impressive month at Anfield, having finally recovered from a string of injuries.
The former Coventry man is still waiting for his first ever international cap, but England legend Shilton believes he will make it in the end.
Shilton said: "Chris is my long-term prediction for England goalkeeper. He looks very good there. People say he is injury-prone but I think he has just had a bit of bad luck. I have high hopes for him.
“He showed what is required when he took over in the Liverpool goal and that is a lot of confidence and stature."
Kirkland was in goal for Liverpool on Saturday as they beat Crystal Palace 3-2, with Jamie Carragher also on form.
Palace's Ben Watson, just called up for the England U21s, was possibly the visitors' best performer, with Wayne Routledge - another man to get the call from Peter Taylor this week - also on form.
Other Under-21 stars in action included Aston Villa's Carlton Cole, who set up the winner for his side in a 2-1 triumph at Bolton. and Luke Young, who helped Charlton to a 4-0 win over Norwich. and at Ipswich, Darren Bent scored his fifth goal in five games to help the Tractor Boys beat Leeds 1-0.
Back in the Premiership, John Terry was his usual outstanding self for Chelsea as they beat derby rivals Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage, but it was Frank Lampard who stole the show. His fiercely-struck opener set Chelsea on their way.
Shaun Wright-Phillips was on fire again for Manchester City, setting up Antoine Siberski's goal in a 1-1 draw with Blackburn. And Matthew Upson - recalled to the England squad this weekend - was impressive for Birmingham despite a 1-0 defeat against Everton.
It was a mixed day for Tottenham's collection of England stars, though.
Jermain Defoe scored a stunning goal in front of Sven-Goran Eriksson to do his hopes of a start in Madrid no harm at all.
But keeper Paul Robinson let in five in a 5-4 defeat against Arsenal, and Ledley King - who scored one of Tottenham's goals - will not have enjoyed the afternoon, either.
Michael Carrick impressed in midfield for Spurs, especially with his set-pieces, and Ashley Cole was his usual committed self in Arsenal's defence - which was still missing injured Sol Campbell.
On Sunday, Wayne Rooney was the star of the show at St James' Park, scoring twice as Manchester United beat Newcastle 3-1.
Rooney also had a hand in United's second goal - a penalty won by Paul Scholes and scored by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Perfect preparation for Wednesday's friendly international against Spain in Madrid.