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Keane surprised at England call up

Burnley defender Michael Keane admitted that it was a big surprise for him to get called up to the England squad.

Keane, 23, was brought into the squad to replace injured Glen Johnson, and could make his first appearance for the English national team as the Three Lions takes on Malta and Slovenia in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

“Last night I was in the pool at the gym by my house and I got into the changing room and had a few missed calls from the gaffer,” Keane said.

“I was thinking ‘Oh no, what have I done wrong here?’ I had to call him back and he told me the good news. He was really happy for me.

“I was a bit shook to be honest. It came out of the blue. I didn’t expect it.

“I spoke to Gareth and I am just really happy to be here. It is a massive honour. It is a dream for me to be here. To come and meet the lads today in training – it’s been a good day.”

Keane replaces Johnson who is out with an injury. Johnson was a surprise inclusion by interim manager Gareth Southgate, as the right back hasn’t played for the national team since 2014.

“[Southgate] said I was very close to being it anyway and I fully deserved to be here,” Keane revealed. “He said just keep doing what I am doing and to keep playing how I have been playing.

“He knows what I am like because I have worked with him for a couple of years with the England Under-21s.

“It was quite straightforward really but he was just really happy for me and obviously it was a nice conversation.

“It is one of the best moments of your career.”

Keane surprised at England call up

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