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Praise For Keane On England Debut

22 March 2017

Michael Keane became the 26th Burnley player to represent England after being handed a full international debut in his country's 1-0 defeat to Germany.

Keane played the full 90 minutes in Dortmund as England were beaten by a stunning strike from Lukas Podolski in manager Gareth Southgate's first game since being given the position on a permanent basis last November.

And the Clarets' defender, the first outfield Burnley player to be capped by England since Martin Dobson in 1974, turned in a typically classy performance on the right-hand side of a three-man central defence.

Keane, 24, who also became the 75th senior international to appear for their country while a Burnley player, was as composed on the ball as he was defensively as impressive England were only undone by a second-half wonder strike from Podolski in his final game for Germany.

Wales legend and Keane's former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs said: "A big plus is Michael Keane's debut. He didn't put a foot wrong."

Former England striker Gary Lineker said earlier on his Twitter account: "Michael Keane has made a very assured and impressive start, both defensively and in possession."

Keane's Turf Moor team-mate Tom Heaton was an unused substitute in the friendly on Wednesday night.

The Clarets' pair will now remain with Southgate's squad for Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Burnley midfielder Scott Arfield helped Canada draw 1-1 in a friendly against Scotland, playing all but the last few moments at Easter Road in Edinburgh.

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