Former Japan and Italy coach Nick Mallett has been ruled out of the running for the England coaching job and has backed Nick Mallett for the position.
Kirwan was contacted by recruitment specialists Odgers Berndtson and told that he was not going to be put forward for the interview stage because he had not coached a "leading" rugby nation.
Kirwan was however told that there were two other candidates that had met the criteria.
Former Italy and South Africa coach Nick Mallett and former Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan are thought to be the two coaches who have been put forward.
"They (Odgers) contacted me saying I wouldn't go on to the next stage because they had a couple of other candidates that had more international experience than me," Kirwan told the Press Association.
"They were looking for someone with a higher international profile. I understand that. They started out with something in mind and they are heading down that track.
"I think Nick Mallett would be perfect for it. Nick is the ideal mix.
"He is highly intelligent, he understands what a team needs to win and he gets the best out of players.
"I think Nick Mallett would be perfect for it. Nick is the ideal mix. "
"He is highly intelligent, he understands what a team needs to win and he gets the best out of players."
"It will be a high-pressure situation (coaching England) into a home World Cup (in 2015). "
"I think Nick would be a great candidate for the job."