Keane still harbours England ambitions

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

Burnley defender Michael Keane is refusing to give up his dream of breaking into the England set-up as he prepares to support his country at Euro 2016.

Keane was considered one of Manchester United's highly-rated prospects when he graduated from the academy, but he left the club in search of first-team football after various spells out on loan.

Since joining the Clarets, initially on loan in 2014 before he made the move permanent in January 2015, the 23-year-old has became an integral part of the squad that went on to win the English Championship.

Now as they prepare for life in the Premier League again, Keane admits he harbors ambitions of helping the club establish themselves in the top flight and breaking into the national team that's been devoid of consistent defensive performances since the retirement of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.

"For me at the moment it is about trying to do well for Burnley in the Premier League," he told the Telegraph.

"I think once you are there then you can start trying to earn a call into the England squad.

"You look at Leicester and you would never have imagined what would have happened to them. I played with Danny [Drinkwater] and Jamie [Vardy], and also Harry Kane, at Leicester. Most of them were on the bench at the time!

"You would never have imagined what has happened to them happening but you could see then that they all worked really hard in training and all wanted to get better.

"It is brilliant for them to be involved in the England squad because they have worked really hard for it."