Michael Keane’s England debut – How well did he fare?

Michael Keane made his England senior bow on Wednesday night in Dortmund, as Germany faced the Three Lions and as international debut’s go, Keane’s was almost as good as they come.

The Clarets’ centre back slotted seamlessly into what is an unfamiliar three-at-the- back formation for him alongside Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill, both of whom have played that system competently at club level.

However, Keane certainly didn’t look out of place and adapted quickly to the new formation and if he is to become a feature in the England squad, he will most likely find himself playing that system more often.

From minute one, Keane was competent and confident in possession and he actually finished the first half with the highest pass completion ratio of the entire England team

An assured performance out of possession too, saw him keeping Leroy Sane quiet for the vast majority of the game, no mean feat for any defender, never mind one making his first appearance with three lions on his chest.

Keane seemed to have built up a solid understanding with Kyle Walker down the right hand side, pulling wide when needed to keep England in possession and tucking inside to maintain a solid defensive shape.

You would have to say that the future looks bright for Keano in an England shirt and if he continues to deliver performances like Wednesday, we could well have a future England captain on our hands, who knows?!?

Ex pro’s and pundits were waxing lyrical over Keane’s performance. Here’s a pick of the best tweets below!

Another special moment to come out of Wednesday’s game was video that emerged of former England manager, Glenn Hoddle, presenting Keane with his shirt in honour of his first cap.

Here is the video for those of you who haven’t yet seen it! A great gesture from Gareth Southgate!


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