Keane on Ward-Prowse's special deliveries

Friday 15 Nov 2013
England Under-21s defender Michael Keane celebrates his goal against Finland.

England Under-21s defender Michael Keane says he has been enjoying the service as an attacker so far this season – due to James Ward-Prowse’s set-piece reliance.

The Manchester United centre-half opened the scoring against Finland on Thursday, heading home a wonderfully inviting cross from Ward-Prowse.

And after also scoring the opening goal in last month’s win over San Marino, getting on the scoresheet is becoming something of a habit for Keane who is normally keeping them out at the other end.

He told "They [goals] seem to come in patches for me, but I'm always happy to get on the scoresheet.

"It was a great ball in by Prowsey though, I knew he was capable of those crosses so if I got into the right area there would be a chance and luckily it went in.”

Video highlights of England Under-21s' win in Milton Keynes.

Ward-Prowse has quickly become the set-piece specialist in Gareth Southgate’s team, following on from his goal against Lithuania last month.

And that expertise is also leading to chances for other members of the team.

"We know we've got a chance if we make the right runs,” added Keane.

“Stonesy nearly got one in the first half and I nearly got another after that.

"He's capable of great deliveries and if he has one [a free-kick], we always think we can score.”

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels