Michael Keane has opened up on what he feels must be done to ensure he continues getting into the England squad, while speaking to Everton’s official channels.
The Toffees centre-back has become a fairly regular feature of England squads, having been on either the pitch or bench for all six of their most recent matches, as per Transfermarkt.
While this has led to a feeling of comfortability for the 26-year-old, it certainly hasn’t led to complacency, as he said: “I want to play for England and to do that I have to put in top performances every week for Everton.
“I feel really comfortable for club and country now, and whenever I step on the pitch, I know I am capable of performing really well. I have to do that consistently and help my teams get good results.”
Keane has been a constant for Everton this season, having played every minute of their four Premier League matches at the start of this campaign, as per WhoScored, with the Englishman being one of just four Evertonians to do so.
During those games, the 26-year-old has averaged 1 tackle, 1.5 interceptions, 5.8 clearances and 1.3 blocks, while maintaining a pass completion rate of 82.7%.
This has contributed to Keane getting an average WhoScored rating of 7.14, which is the third-highest of any Everton player, behind Richarlison and Alex Iwobi.
His aforementioned numbers indicate a slight improvement on last season, in which he made 33 appearances, as the only average that has fallen is his tackles, by 0.2 per game, while all of the others have risen.
Keane is looking to continue reaching higher levels and the indications are that this is the trajectory he is currently on.
He is arguably one of Everton’s most important players this season, due to the lack of cover at centre-back following Kurt Zouma’s return to Chelsea, so it is vital for the Toffees’ chances that he carries on performing to a high level.
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