Bramble insists Wigan keeper Kirkland deserves place in Capello's England squad

Titus Bramble admits he will be surprised if his team-mate Chris Kirkland is not in Fabio Capello’s squad to face Germany next week.

The 27-year-old was excellent in Wigan’s destruction by Arsenal’s teenaged wizards in the Carling Cup at the Emirates.

But it was the heroics of the former Liverpool goalkeeper that was the only redeeming feature for the Latics as he produced a series of top class saves.

Chris Kirkland

Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland

Bramble, though, was not surprised by the display and feels Wigan are lucky to have the country’s best ‘keeper.

He said: 'For me, Kirky is the best English goalkeeper out there - there is no doubt about that. He should be back in the England squad and that’s not because of the performance the other night but because of what he did last season and what he’s doing this season too.

'People will say that he’s injury prone and all the rest but he’s over that now. I work with him day in and out and the guy is pure class. Fully fit none of the others can touch him.

Chris Kirkland

Titus Bramble believes Chris Kirkland deserves a place in the England squad

'Without him the other night it could have been embarrassing but he pulled off some saves that had us all scratching our heads.'

Bramble has also shrugged aside claims that Wigan should be embarrassed by the fact that they were beaten by such a young team.

He added: 'There was no shame in loosing to that Arsenal team because age doesn’t come into it. It’s about talent and they had enough of it.

'That goal that Vela scored was world-class and he scored one like that against Sheffield United in the last round. If that was a Brazilian we wouldn’t be hearing the end of it.

With the Latics now out of the Cup, he feels that they can concentrate on maintaining their Premier League status – starting with a trip to his old club Newcastle on Saturday.

He continued: 'Now that we are out of the cup it might turn out to be a blessing in disguise, we’re down the bottom in the league and the most important thing for us is staying in the Premier League.

'We’ve got Newcastle on Saturday at St. James and it’s a good place for me to go and show the people there how much since I’ve improved since coming to Wigan.

'When I was at Newcastle I think that I was unfairly treated by the media up there and a lot of it became personal, but Steve Bruce has rebuilt my confidence again.'  

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