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English footballer Michael Keane currently plays as a defender for the England national football team besides his regular participation in the English Premier League club Everton. As a surprising fact, he is among the very few players who represented two nations in international circuits. He first represented the Ireland national squad at Under-17 and Under-19 level, and then went on to represent England squad in U-19, U-20 and U-21 level. He also represented England national team in several international matches.
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A product of Manchester United youth academy system, Keane spent most of his career on loan. During his loan career, he played for several EPL teams such as Leicester City, Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley. He is quite a regular player for the Manchester United reserve team and for which he achieved the Manchester United’s Reserve Player of the Year award in 2012. Keane became a permanent player of the Everton side since 2017 and played 24 matches till now for the club.
Keane started his footballing journey while playing for South Manchester in Cheadle. He then joined the Manchester United youth academy system at the age of just sixteen in 2009. He made a great progress through several age levels at the academy and finally got his chance to play for the senior team. Keane signed his first professional football contract with Manchester United on his 18th Birthday on 11th January 2011.
Keane made his debut for the Manchester United first team in a League Cup match against Aldershot Town on 25th October 2011. He made his debut as a 70th-minute substitute for Zeki Fryers in the match. Keane was then named for the FA Cup match against Liverpool on 28th January 2012 but remained as an unused substitute. He started for the club’s first team for the first time in a League Cup match against Newcastle United on 26th September 2012. Keane, besides his first-team appearances, also played for the Manchester United reserve team. He played 27 matches for the reserve team during the 2011-12 season and netted the ball 5 times. Keane achieved the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year award in 2012 after getting 60% votes from the fans. He defeated Jesse Lingard and Larnell Cole on voting for the award.
Keane, along with his Manchester United teammate Jesse Lingard, joined the EPL club Leicester City on loan on 6th November 2012. The loan was first until 3rd December 2012 which was later extended to 2nd January 2013. The loan-contract then further extended till the end of season 2012-13. He made his debut for Leicester against Bolton Wanderers on 6th November 2012. Keane then scored his first goal for the club in an FA Cup fourth-round match against Huddersfield Town on 12th February 2013. He scored an amazing last-minute header for Leicester City against Leeds United on 5th March 2013.
Keane received several offers from many reputed clubs such as Derby County, Charlton Athletic, Millwall and Middlesbrough due to his impressive performance in the previous season. He opted to join Derby County on loan on 28th November 2013 until 2nd January 2014. Keane made his debut for the club as a 73rd-minute substitute against Blackpool on 7th December 2013. Due to his excellent performance, the loan contract was further extended by Derby County on 2nd January 2014 so that he could play for the club in the FA Cup. But after signing George Thorne on loan from West Bromwich Albion, Derby County sent him back to the Manchester United on 30th January 2014.
Keane joined the EFL Championship side Blackburn Rovers on loan on 7th March 2014. He was chosen by Rovers to play at the Ewood Park for the remainder of the 2013–14 football season and was handed the number-16 jersey. He made his debut for Rovers in a home match against their local rival Burnley on 9th March 2014. Keane returned to Old Trafford after the completion of his loan term with Blackburn, and was included in the squad for the last match of the season against Hull City. He then made his Premier League debut for the Red Devils against Sunderland on 24th August 2014 as a substitute for Chris Smalling.
Keane joined the Championship club Burnley on loan on 2nd September 2014 until January 2015. He made his debut for the club against his former squad Leicester City on 4th October 2014. Keane then signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee on 8th January 2015. He scored twice in the very first month with the club and scored 5 goals in total that season. Keane scored his last goal of the 2014-15 season against Middlesbrough on 19th April 2015. He scored his first Premier League goal for Burnley against Watford on 26 September 2016. For his marvellous performance in the previous two seasons, Keane was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award on 13th April 2017.
Keane signed a five-year deal with English Premier League club Everton on 3rd July 2017. He received an initial transfer fee of £25 million which could rise to £30 million after several add-ons. Keane made his Premier League debut for Everton at Goodison Park against Stoke City on 12th August 2017. He then scored his first goal for the club in a UEFA Europa League play-off round first leg match against Hajduk Split on 17th August 2017.
Keane made his international debut for the England U-19 team against Slovenia on 25th May 2012. He was then included in the Noel Blake’s U-19 squad for the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He helped the team to reach the semi-final of the tournament. Keane then made his Under-21 debut for England against Austria at the Falmer Stadium on 25th March 2013 as a substitute for Andre Wisdom. He scored his first goal for the U-21 side against Finland on 14th November 2013. Keane finally earned his place at the senior England Squad under the new manager Gareth Southgate as a replacement for the injured Glen Johnson on 4th October 2016. He was first selected for the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Malta and Slovenia. Keane made his senior team debut in a friendly match against Germany on 22nd March 2017.
Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, Keane is of Irish descent through his father’s side. He completed his education at St Bede’s College in Whalley Range. He has a twin brother named Will Keane who is also a professional footballer and currently plays as a forward for Hull City. The media went crazy when they spotted Keane with beauty blogger Lauryn Goodman at a plush Italian restaurant in Manchester in July 2017. She is the sister of television personality and ‘Ex on the Beach’ star Chloe Goodman.
The current market value of Keane stands at €20 Million. And his net worth is around €5 Million as of 2018. He currently gets around €65,000 worth of weekly wage from his club Everton. Keane, according to the recent income report, earns around €3.5 Million yearly salaries for club and international appearances. Besides his football income, he also earns from his endorsement with Nike. Keane currently uses their Nike Tiempo Legend VII FG boot.
Keane played brilliantly well during his loan career and earned international recognition. He helped Burnley to win the Football League Championship in season 2015-16. Besides helping his club to achieve several great victories, Keane also received several individual awards. Some of the most notable awards that he received till now are as follows: