Michael Keane: England call-up was a shock

Michael Keane: England call-up was a shock


Burnley defender Michael Keane says he could not believe the moment he was drafted into the England national squad for the first time by manager Gareth Southgate.

Keane has been called into the squad following an injury to Stoke City fullback Glen Johnson and is a chance to make his debut in upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

The defender received the news from club manager Sean Dyche, with the 23-year-old believing he had done something wrong.

“I was a bit shook to be honest. It came out of the blue. I didn’t expect it,” the central defender told FATV. 

“Last night I was in the pool at the gym by my house and I got into the changing room and had a few missed calls from the gaffer.

“I was thinking ‘Oh no, what have I done wrong here?’ I had to call him back and he told me the good news. He was really happy for me.

“I spoke to Gareth and I am just really happy to be here. It is a massive honour. It is a dream for me to be here. To come and meet the lads today in training – it’s been a good day.”

“[Southgate] said I was very close to being it anyway and I fully deserved to be here,” Keane revealed. “He said just keep doing what I am doing and to keep playing how I have been playing.

“It is one of the best moments of your career.”

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