Keane out to impress ahead of championships

Young Lion: Michael Keane is eager to impress Gareth Southgate
Young Lion: Michael Keane is eager to impress Gareth Southgate

Michael Keane is hoping this week’s England Under 21 camp will reap dividends in the summer.

Gareth Southgate’s Young Lions have had four days in the Czech Republic, which will host the European U21 Championship Finals in June.

There are so many players the manager can pick from, when you go on these trips you have to play to your best

Michael Keane

England take on the Czechs tomorrow night in Prague, before returning to face Germany at Middlesbrough on Monday.

And Keane said: “We’re staying in the same hotel that we’re staying in the summer, so it will be good to get used to our surroundings.

“And the games will be two big tests for us, they are two teams that are also in the Euros so we’re playing against good opposition.”

The former Manchester United man hopes to make the plane in June: “Nobody is guaranteed to be in the squad in the summer. There are so many players the manager can pick from, when you go on these trips you have to play to your best.”