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Keane In Confident Mood Ahead of Euros

10 June 2015

Clarets defender Michael Keane is in confident mood as he prepares to head to the U21 European Championships with England.

The Three Lions go into the tournament as second favourites to win the Championships after a strong qualifying campaign.

And ahead of their final warm-up game against Belarus on Thursday, Keane admits that attentions have already turned to the teams they’ll be facing in the group.

Keane said: “We’re not really looking at Belarus at the moment. We’re looking at the teams in our group and in training we’re looking at different ways to play against them.

“I think every team that’s going to the tournament has good quality but we don’t need to worry about one team specifically because if we play to our strengths we know we can beat anyone on the day.

“We’ve been building up to this tournament for almost two years now and we’ve kept a similar squad throughout.

“We’ve been preparing for a while now and we can’t wait to get out there. Hopefully afterwards we’ll get a mini-break and then be raring to go for the season ahead.”

Despite calls for players that have already tasted senior action to be included in his squad, Gareth Southgate has stuck with a 23-man squad that has been involved for most of qualifying.

After an impressive unbeaten qualification process, his side secured victories over Portugal at Turf Moor, Germany and the tournament hosts Czech Republic.

Victories against tough opposition has given England confidence going into the tournament and the 22-year old defender believes England will benefit from having played against a mix of styles.

He added: “Last time England went to the Euros I don’t think they had too many hard tests before they went. We’ve had some tough friendlies against the likes of Portugal and Germany and we’ve come through them well, so that can only stand us in good stead.

“I think we’ve played against most styles of play now so I believe we’re well prepared now and we’re looking forward it.”

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