Keane 'Knows There Is More To Come From Him' At Everton

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Michael Keane says he "knows there is more to come" from him at Everton as he targeted future success with the Club.

And the defender is eyeing a strong end to this season to help earn a World Cup finals spot with England in Russia this summer.

The Everton centre half has been a regular in the Blues side since January and has caught the eye in the heart of defence, leading the way on clearances (175), while sitting second in aerial duels won (109) and third on interceptions (48).

Having joined from Burnley last summer, Keane admitted he had to go through "a massive learning curve" after signing for a "bigger club... with bigger expectations".

But now a fixture in the Toffees line-up, the 25-year-old feels the season has taught him plenty - and he intends to take his greater experience into the 2018/19 campaign.

“I think I have improved in the past few months and my performances have been getting better,” said Keane. “I need to continue that until the end of the season. 

“I know there is a lot more to come from me. Hopefully I can show that, if not this season then definitely in 2018/19. 

“This season I have experienced things that I had not done so before. It’s a bigger club here at Everton, with bigger expectations.

“It has been a tough season but a massive learning curve. In the future it can only make me a better player.”

Keane missed out on the Three Lions squad for their recent friendlies with Netherlands and Italy in March but is looking to book his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad with a strong final four games of the campaign, starting with Newcastle United on Monday.

“I’ve not spoken to Gareth but I still believe I have a chance of going to the World Cup,” added the former Manchester United trainee. “All I can do is focus on my own performances. I know I must play well in these last four games and show what I can do. Hopefully that gives him something to think about.

“I know what he thinks of me as a player and he knows what I am about. I’m sure I will be in his thoughts. I have been in a lot of the squads during the past few years – five out of the past six - and I was disappointed not to be in the last one.

“But I think I have turned a corner since then and have been playing well. I want to continue that until the end of the season. I am in with a chance but we will have to wait and see.

“Whenever I have played for England I have done well but you have got to do more than that. You only meet up with England five or six times a year. You have got to prove at your club that you deserve to play. You need to be playing regularly, which I am doing, and playing well.”

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