MICHAEL Keane’s stock is rising by the minute. Already a target for most of the top clubs, he enhanced his reputation with an excellent England debut last night.
Burnley owners – and manager – will be rubbing their hands with glee; and not just because Keane has become the first Claret in many a long year to represent the Three Lions…
….but because, if they do decide to sell, Keane’s transfer value has shot through the roof.
Liverpool and Chelsea are two of the clubs to have expressed an interest in the 24-year-old central defender who admits he’s ‘flattered’ to be linked with the top dogs.
But, sensibly and loyally, he insists that he is only concerned with helping to keep Burnley in the Premier League. He’ll think about the next big move later.
Former Manchester United defender Keane was presented with his first England shirt by former national team manager Glenn Hoddle prior to the side’s 1-0 defeat by Germany in Dortmund.
The Burnley defender received a warm round of applause from his teammates in the dressing room as Hoddle was invited to break from his media duties with ITV to bestow Keane with the honour.
Keane was one of three debutants to feature against Germany and Southgate said the 24-year-old was ‘excellent’.
“He took his club form on to the international stage, passed the ball well and showed super composure,” said the England boss. “He should be very pleased.”
Keane, who said he felt comfortable in a back three, told BBC Radio 5 live: “It was a brilliant experience for me to play such a big team on my debut.
“I’m playing with a lot of experience around me, always talking to me and getting me in the right positions.
“We’re talking about being adaptable. So we need to be able to change our formation, maybe even mid-game to give ourselves the best chance of winning the game.
“It is something the manager is looking at. I think eventually we will go back to four, but it’s good to have the three in the locker as well.”