Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could earn his first England cap on Friday.
Chris Kirkland worked with Simon Grayson, sacked by Sunderland, at Preston North End.
Sheffield Wednesday won agains Millwall in the Championship on Tuesday.
The pair spent six and three years at Sheffield Wednesday respectively.
Leeds United lost against Sheffield Wednesday at the Hillsborough Stadium in the Championship at the weekend.
Kirkland spent three seasons with Sheffield United's fierce rivals, Sheffield Wednesday.
The Sunderland goalkeeper has been in fine form for the Black Cats this season.
Kirkland played for both Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool.
Kirkland played under the Aston Villa manager for just under two seasons.
Injuries have ruined many a promising career and Chris Kirkland's is no different. Yet, things looked so positive for the youngster back in 2001.