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Keane: "England Is The Pinnacle"

4 October 2016

Michael Keane spoke to ‘Turf’ last week regarding his dream of earning an England call-up.

The Clarets defender has been drafted into Gareth Southgate’s first squad as caretaker manager for two upcoming Wortld Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.

And Keane, who has again been impressive at the heart of the Burnley defence this season, feels he can make the step up after appearing for the country’s U19, U210 and U21 sides.

He told the club’s matchday magazine: “Now I’m in the Premier League I think England has got to be my aim.

“I want to play at the top level of English football and playing for England is the pinnacle of that.

“So if I can keep playing well and putting good performances in and helping Burnley get results then I don’t see why I can’t get in there.

“There are obviously a lot of players and tough competition, but it’s something that’s always been a dream of mine, and hopefully it can happen.”

Keane added: “In the next few years I think there’s space for a few centre halves to go and break into there and stamp their authority on the team.

“I’m sure there will be more players thinking the same thing; if they can get a run of consistent games playing well and getting good results then I’m sure a few new faces will be looked at.”

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