Everton fans in the Tavern will thoroughly enjoy watching Michael Keane’s development at the heart of their defence and the 24-year-old is already targeting more game time to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.
Keane joined Everton earlier this summer and despite already winning two caps for England, he’s hopeful experiencing Europa League football will help his claim for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad for next summer in Russia.
“I thought Everton was a club that was going in the right direction and one that I can fit into really well,” Keane told Sky Sports.
“I feel like it’s the right time for me to come to this type of club where I’ll be taking another step into the Europa League, which I’ve never played before.
“I want to try and push on some so I can force myself into the England team.”
Keane is product of Manchester United’s academy but unfortunately didn’t manage to make a name for himself so he was sent out on several loans. After eventually finding his feet at Turf Moor, he played 100 times for the club and Burnley fans at the bar have nothing but positive words to say about the defender.
Having also represented England at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level as well as two senior caps, Keane is more than aware of what it takes to break into the international set-up.
What do you think, Everton fans? Should Keane be focusing on a potential World Cup spot already?