Keane, 24, made an impressive England debut on Wednesday in Dortmund as Gareth Southgate’s inexperienced team unluckily lost 1-0 to world champions Germany.
The Burnley centre-back was an assured, aggressive presence in a reshaped three-man defence that was only breached by Lukas Podolski’s 30-yard blockbuster, and suggested a new way forward for Southgate’s team.
Keane has flourished at Turf Moor after being allowed to leave Manchester United for a paltry £2.5million by former manager Louis Van Gaal, and is now one of the most sought-after young defenders in the country, with both Everton and Liverpool after him, as well as Chelsea, at a price nearer £25m.
Presented with his first England senior shirt by former Three Lions coach Glenn Hoddle before the match in Dortmund, Keane said: “I always thought I would make it at United. A few changes in managers did not help and when I left I felt I had a point to prove and it made me work that bit harder.
Michael Keane made his England debut on Wednesday night
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Michael Keane has thanked Burnley boss Sean Dyche
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“I am thankful to Sean Dyche for the work he has done with me and the faith he has put in me.
“Maybe I have proved a point. I have done well personally so there is not much more I can do.”
Keane, who featured for England’s Under-21s under Southgate, said: “Wednesday night was a dream come true on a personal level. I have been striving to get here for the last year or two having come through the Under-21s so to finally do it, on a stage like this, against the world champions was great.
Michael Keane came through the ranks at Manchester United
“I felt comfortable. There were a few nerves and butterflies as you would expect but it helped me playing alongside experienced players. They were talking through me the game the whole time.
“I feel very proud. Obviously, there has been a lot of hard work to get to this stage. I feel as though I have earned it on the pitch having played for Burnley.
“I will set new goals. I have managed to get to a huge one in terms of making my debut. There are a lot of great players ahead of me. It is not going to be easy but I want to keep playing well for my club and see where it takes me. I always thought it would come eventually.
“It is flattering when big clubs want you. But I am focused on Burnley. We have nine games left. We need to make sure we stay in the League, but the links show that I am doing well.”