Keane: Everton Is Where I Belong

In-form Michael Keane has spoken of how he feels like he "really belongs" at Everton.

The centre-back's consistently dependable form this season was recognised by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate, who selected the 26-year-old for his side's two European Championship qualifying matches in the past week.

Keane helped shut out Czech Republic in a 5-0 Wembley victory before celebrating his seventh cap by scoring England’s first goal in Monday’s 5-1 success in Montenegro.

The defender, signed from Burnley in summer 2017, has blossomed under the tutelage of Marco Silva, the player’s assured defending and reliable and progressive distribution winning him a regular spot in the heart of Everton’s defence.

He has won more aerial duels (158) than any other Premier League defender bar one this term and his 95 headed clearances is the fifth most of any player in the division.

"I’m starting to feel like I really belong here now," said Keane. 


"It's been a good season for me, I've had a lot of good games.

"I've been working hard, training has been good, and I feel a lot fitter than I did last year so I think that's helped me. 

"I'm just feeling more confident than I have and hopefully I can show that from now until the end of the season.

"I've always had the belief in myself but when things aren't going well for you on the pitch you sort of lose a bit of confidence. But I've always had the belief that I'm good enough to play at Everton.

"It's obviously a top-class club and you have to play well week in week out to prove that to the fans and to people at the Club and I think I've managed to do that this season.

"But it's not something I want to rest on, I want to keep kicking on. I'm still youngish for a centre-half and I've got a lot of learning to do still."

Thirteen months separated Keane’s fourth and fifth England appearances, with the former Manchester United player recalled for a friendly against USA back in November.

Rejuvenated under Everton manager Silva, he has started 28 of his club’s 31 Premier League matches this term.

And the Toffees defender revealed how much of a confidence boost it was to get the nod by England boss Southgate for the recent two internationals.

"It just fills you with confidence to know that the England manager thinks so highly of you and trusts you like that so it can only do me well," added Keane.

"To go away, to get two good wins, and be part of a squad like and to get such a good feeling from it brings me back here full of confidence and hopefully I can kick on now."




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