Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh has backed his clubs defender Michael Keane to become a future England national team captain.
Walsh helped bring the Manchester United youth product to Goodison Park this summer after he delivered a series of impressive performances for Burnley in the Premier League last season.
The performances of Keane for Burnley last season helped him to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s England plans.
Despite the player having endured a difficult start to life with the Toffees, Walsh believes that he has what it takes to become captain of England in the future.
He said, “Michael Keane is young, he’s got all the attributes to be a future leader, maybe captain of England. You need somebody who is good in the air, who is competent and who can be strong. Upper body strength is a key role to be able to block shots, and want to defend.
“You get modern day defenders who are quite happy to play out from the back but when it comes to the hard core of the job, they are maybe not up to it.”