Martin Keown praised Everton defender Michael Keane following his performance for England in a 5-1 win over Montenegro on Monday night.
The 26-year-old centre-back has played every minute of England’s two qualifying matches over the international break for the next European Championships.
He was unable to stop Marko Vesovic following his burst into the penalty area, as he gave Montenegro a shock early lead.
But the defender equalised with a thunderous header, before Ross Barkley (two), Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling also got on the scoresheet for the visitors.
Pundit Keown was delighted with the response from Keane to an early setback.
“Michael Keane would not have been happy with Montenegro’s goal — failing to make an adequate clearance and letting the ball go through him too easily — but what a response from the defender,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“He showed real character to take ownership at that set-piece and equalise with a thumping header.”
Keane couldn’t do much about Montenegro’s goal really, as the ball was fortunate to go through his legs and fall perfectly into the path of the attacker.
The centre-back looked composed in possession all night and has taken a good step forward over the last week with two solid displays in an England shirt.
He does appears to be edging back towards his best for Everton this season after a difficult first year at Goodison Park.
Keane is a mainstay in the Toffees backline under Marco Silva and he’s also becoming an important player for England too.