28 Nov 2016

Michael Keane Wants England to Stay Calm and Composed against Scotland

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Burnley defender Michael Keane is hoping to make his debut for the England national team in one of their biggest matches – against Scotland.

Purely in terms of the world rankings, it may not sound like a great encounter but the two countries share an interest rivalry when it comes to football. Hence, there is expected to be a lot of pressure onKeane, who has been drafted into the England setup due to the injuries to players like Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw. England also have a friendly against former world champions Spain coming up in the next few days.

Keane may not have much experience at 23 years of age, but he has seen enough in football to suggest that being calm and composed will be key when it comes to such a derby game. Scotland are coming on the back of a poor run of form under manager Gordon Strachan, who is fighting to save his job.

However, the players are expected to be fired up for this encounter.Keane thinks that an opposite reaction would actually benefit, as being calm and composed allows players to take important decisions in the right manner in such a key match.

Unlike the game against Spain, the match against Scotland is a World Cup 2018 qualifier which makes it more important."I feel if we play our game we'll have too much for them. They might come and try to upset a few players but we have spoken about it, we know we have to keep our heads and not get involved. If we stick to what we're best at I'm sure the result will come.When I saw the video it gives you a feeling of how big a game it is for the fans and the history in the game," said Keane.