The international stage looks tailor-made for Michael Keane: an England star in the making

Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017 at 10:58 am
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MICHAEL Keane became the SIXTEENTH Manchester United youth product since 1995 to earn an England cap after making his Three Lions debut against Germany last week.

The Burnley centre half looked right at home in a three-man defence during the 1-0 defeat in Berlin, and Keane’s performance was rewarded with another start in the 2-0 World Cup 2018 qualifier win over Lithuania on Saturday.

He impressed once again and looks the real deal. His partnership with John Stones is one that could run and run.

So let’s find out a bit more about the young England defender who started his career at Manchester United but made only a handful of appearances before being farmed out on loan before being sold to Burnley. Big mistake!

TOP TEN FACTS ABOUT MICHAEL KEANE

  • Keane has represented theRepublic of Ireland at under-17 level, as well as England at under-20under-21 and senior levels. He was named as Manchester United’s Reserve Player of the Year in 2012.
  • He was born in StockportGreater Manchester and signed professional forms at Old Trafford on his 18th birthday on 11 January 2011, making his first team debut in the League Cup on 25 October 2011.
  • He started a senior match for the first time against Newcastle Unitedin the League Cup on 26 September 2012, playing alongside Scott Wootton as a centre-back. Following the match, teammate Darren Fletcher praised him for being ‘fantastic’.
  • Keane won the award for the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year in 2012. He was the clear winner with 60% of the votes, beating Jesse Lingard(24%) and Larnell Cole (16%).
  • He made 27 appearances in all competitions for the reserve team in the 2011–12 season, during which he scored five goals.
  • On 6 November 2012, Keane alongside his teammate Jesse Lingardjoined Leicester City on loan until 3 December 2012. This was later extended to 2 January 2013.[10]
  • In November 2013, Keane opted to join Derby County on loan until 2 January 2014. He made his debut for Derby on 7 December 2013. The loan deal was extended by a further month on 2 January 2014.
  • On 7 March 2014, Keane joined Championshipclub Blackburn Rovers on loan for the remainder of the 2013–14 season, making his debut for the club on 9 March, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 defeat at home to local rivals Burnley.
  • Keane returned to Old Trafford on the completion of the Championship season and made his first league appearance for the Manchester United senior squad on 24 August 2014 against Sunderland, replacing Chris Smallingin the 43rd minute.[22]
  • On 2 September 2014, Keane completed a loan move to Burnley until January 2015 and made his Burnley début against Leicester City. The loan was made permanent on 8 January 2015 for an undisclosed fee, with Keane signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

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