Darren Bent has torn into the performance of Everton defender Michael Keane in England’s 5-3 victory over Kosovo on Tuesday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and England striker says that the 26-year-old’s early mistake, which gifted Kosovo the opening goal at St Mary’s Stadium, was a schoolboy error and that it was worrying to see so early on in the game.
Keane was just one of a number of England players guilty of giving up possession and allowing the visitors to threaten their goal, with their 5-1 lead at half-time cut to a 5-3 victory.
Bent says that it was inexcusable from the Toffees’ defender and that such mistakes cannot be afforded when coming up against top sides for either club or country.
Bent told Football Insider: “The first mistake came after 30 seconds, it was a schoolboy error. To see a mistake coming then and there, it’s scary.
“For someone who plays for Everton, plays for a high-profile club, in high profile games – it’s not like it was his debut. For him to make that kind of mistake, it was comical – I couldn’t believe what I was watching.
“The defensive part of it, for me, was really disappointing. If Michael Keane makes that mistake and it’s the only mistake of the game, it’s still one mistake too many. As you get to the final stages, there are teams that don’t make mistakes, they’ll punish you every single time.”
Keane has picked up nine caps for England since making his debut back in 2017, his only international goal coming in a 5-1 win over Montenegro back in March 2019.
He has played every minute of Everton’s Premier League game so far, with two wins, a draw and a defeat for Marco Silva’s men.