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Keane’s composed display suggests he’s ready for big-club football

Last night, Michael Keane realised the dream of a lifetime; making his international debut for England against none other than the old foe Germany.

The Burnley centre-half lined up in a new-look back three which kept Die Mannschaft at bay until Lukas Podolski popped up with a long-range piledriver that pushed the scoreline in the home side’s favour.

But barring that and a few hazardous moments in the second half, England’s defence coped well with the attacking talent Germany had to offer – and Keane certainly held up his end of the bargain as the Three Lions’ right centre-back.

Indeed, as our infographic shows, Keane finished up with one interception, two successful aerial duels, seven clearances and three blocks to his name – the latter two statistics being the best returns of any player for either side.

Liverpool and Everton were both linked with the 24-year-old earlier this week by The Daily Mail, but Merseyside is a big step up from Turf Moor, where Sean Dyche employs a system that makes life much easier for his centre-halves.

Yet, Keane’s performance against Germany proved he’s comfortable at that level and capable of adapting to a more complex¬†system than Dyche’s direct and functional 4-4-2. With that in mind, it’s difficult to imagine neither side moving for the former Manchester United youngster this summer.

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