Marco Silva insists Michael Keane can move past England howler

‘It is a moment for him to learn’: Everton boss Marco Silva insists Michael Keane can move past England howler and benefit from experience

  • Marco Silva urged Michael Keane to forget about a difficult night with England
  • The Everton boss told his central defender to use the experience to his benefit
  • Keane was responsible for the mistake that led to Kosovo’s opener on Tuesday
  • However, Silva is adamant the 26-year-old’s confidence has not been affected 

Marco Silva has urged Michael Keane to forget about a difficult night with England and use the experience to his benefit.

Everton defender Keane was responsible for the mistake that led to Kosovo’s opening goal in the first minute of the Euro 2020 qualifier, which England won 5-3. He was noticeably subdued when leaving St Mary’s on Tuesday night and admitted the error was ‘horrible’.

Silva, Everton’s head coach, made a beeline to speak to Keane when he returned to Finch Farm on Wednesday and reminded him that he had made his way into Gareth Southgate’s starting line-up for the Kosovo and Bulgaria games due to the way he has started the season.

Marco Silva has urged Michael Keane to forget about a difficult night with England

Keane will start alongside Yerry Mina in Sunday’s game at Bournemouth and Silva is adamant the 26-year-old’s confidence has not been affected – nor does he expect there to be any lingering issues for him going forward.

‘I spoke to him when I saw him,’ said Silva. ‘Normally, I speak to all the international players, even if you have a big number. I like to do that. With some of them, I like to do it straight before the first session. It’s what I did with Michael.

‘The first thing I said to him was: “Congratulations…” England won two games, this is true, and the coach had the confidence to put him in the starting XI also. 

The Everton boss welcomed Keane back following his tricky time away with the Three Lions

‘It wasn’t just one game. The second match was a tough night – but not just for Michael. I think for the backline, it was a tough one.

‘It is so easy. It is a moment for him to learn. In the moments, in the football moments, you have the good things that you take and you try to improve. 

‘When something happens that is not so good, you have to learn from that. I’m 100 per cent sure that I didn’t need to speak to Michael to tell him this.’ 

Silva added: ‘He knows it was a good moment to learn. He had feedback straight after the match. But the conversation with Michael was good and everything is clear in his mind. He will improve for the next match.’ 

Keane was responsible for the mistake that led to Kosovo’s opening goal in the first minute

Gareth Southgate shakes Keane’s hand following their 5-3 win over Kosovo on Tuesday night

If Keane returned to Merseyside subdued, Tom Davies, the Under-21 international, was in a better frame of mind, having impressed in England’s 2-0 win over the Kosovans in Hull on Monday. 

Davies has struggled to get game time this season but Silva will not let him lose faith.

‘The Tom I saw last season – playing in our starting XI, being captain – I have to tell you I see the same boy now,’ said Silva. 

‘Yes, he is sad. That is normal. He is not playing. It is up to me to work him hard, to keep him in the right way. I have told him he needs enough patience.’




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