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Keane Pride at Burnley England Double

9 November 2016

Michael Keane has echoed the pride of Burnley as he as he challenges for a first full England cap.

Keane joined Turf Moor team-mate Tom Heaton in the squad picked by Gareth Southgate for England’s Wembley double-header against Scotland and Spain.

Keane’s selection last weekend was the first time he had been named in an original squad by Southgate after receiving a late call-up as injury cover last month.

And the Burnley defender believes his inclusion alongside in-form keeper Heaton makes it a laudable double for the high-riding Clarets – who last had two players in an England squad when Martin Dobson and Alan Stevenson travelled together to Portugal in 1974.

“It’s massive. It's rare for a club like Burnley to have two players representing them,” said Keane.

“Tom has been world-class in the last few weeks, made some huge saves and helped us get the points on the board. The club are really proud of us.”

Keane’s form this season has also been outstanding, earning the 23-year-old his place in the England party to face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley and Spain in a friendly next Tuesday night.

Michael Keane previously played under Gareth Southgate in England's under-21s

Heaton looks a good bet to earn a second cap at some stage, particularly following the withdrawal through injury of Southampton’s Fraser Forster, while Keane is focusing on his getting his head down in training in a bid to try and earn his first senior appearance.

Addressing the broadcast media at England’s St George’s Park training base, Keane added: “I feel I've been performing well and playing well in general.

“I was over the moon to be called up last time but to be in the initial squad is a great feeling. It was a very proud moment. I’m really happy to be here and hope I can prove myself.

“I feel much more at ease with everyone. I felt comfortable training so I just need to keep doing what I'm doing and show the manager what I'm capable of.

“From being a little boy playing football and coming through the ranks, all you want to do is play for England.

“If I had a chance to do that it would mean everything to me and I'm sure it would be a proud moment for my family as well.

“It’s natural you think about it and what it would be like. I can't think of anything else to say other than it would be a dream come true.”

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