Michael Keane has not had the best of seasons and has slipped out of the England squad with time running out ahead of Euro 2020.
But he was part of the Everton defence which kept a clean sheet against Brighton on Saturday and has told the club’s official website what new boss Carlo Ancelotti has told him to work on in training.
Keane said: “I was really happy with the clean sheet. It is frustrating when you don’t play, that is the same for any footballer. You just want to play football. When you get your chance, it is important you take it. For me to do that and keep a clean sheet can only do me good.
“He [Ancelotti] wants me to bring the ball out a bit more before I pass it if I have space ahead, rather than playing two-touch all the time. It is stuff we are working on in training. It is not going to be perfect overnight but as long as we keep practising it will get better.”
TBR’s View – Keane on the back foot in terms of Euro 2020 now
Keane was very jittery for England this season and has seen the likes of Fiyako Tomori and Tyrone Mings get ahead of him in the international pecking order.
He has a huge opportunity to improve under an elite manager in Ancelotti for the remainder of the season and borrowing some of the Italian’s calmness would be no bad thing.