Keane reveals England dream

Keane reveals England dream

Burnley defender Michael Keane says it is a dream come true to be called up into the England squad for the latest World Cup qualifiers.

Keane got the call from England caretaker boss Gareth Southgate after Stoke defender Glen Johnson was forced to pull out through injury, and he is hoping to grab the opportunity with both hands.

The youngster admits the call came as a surprise and is now excited by the prospect of representing his country.

"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," Keane revealed.

"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 was a bit shook to be honest. It came out of the blue. I didn't expect it.

"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."

Keane has impressed for the Clarets this season and has been told by Southgate just keep doing what he has been doing.

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


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