Michael Keane has lifted the lid on his tough times at Everton and says there were occasions when he could not leave the house. Keane is set to win his first England cap in over a year after returning to Gareth Southgate’s squad for the forthcoming internationals, but admits there have been times when his morale has dropped to an all time low.
The 25-year-old impressed on his Three Lions debut as Southgate switched to a back three for the 1-0 friendly defeat to Germany in March 2017.
A spot at the World Cup would have likely been on the cards for the former Manchester United youngster – but a loss of form in a struggling Everton side put pay to his hopes of making it to Russia.
Keane ended up in and out of the team as Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and Sam Allardyce were all in charge of the Toffees at different points throughout the campaign.
He was also singled out as an under-performer after a big money move from Burnley last summer and, after working to get back to his best, he explained how difficult things became at times. “There were a few months when things were going really badly and I did not really want to go and do things out of the house,” he said after he return to the England set-up.
“When you’ve had a bad game you don’t want to go out for dinner. But I’ve never been out when people have shouted abuse at me. “It is really sad when managers get sacked and they talk to you for the last time and see how visibly upset they are.
“That gets to you and makes you feel guilty and want to make sure it does not happen again. We had three managers in the end and it was difficult. All the change constantly happening.”