- Burnley travel to face Everton in their next Premier League game on Sunday
- Ben Mee has flourished at centre back for Burnley despite fears he was too short
- The defender is looking forward to meeting former teammate Michael Keane
Ben Mee, the Burnley skipper, has proved he is tall enough to be a Premier League centre-back — and to look down on Sunday’s opponents Everton.
‘Wikipedia says I’m 5ft 11in, but I am actually 6ft,’ Mee says. ‘I heard it a lot that I might not be tall enough for a centre half, but I think too much is made of the height thing.’
Mee was tried at left back after Burnley signed him from Manchester City in 2012, but he has since flourished in the heart of Sean Dyche’s back four.
Ben Mee has flourished as a centre back for Burnley despite fears he was not tall enough
His partnership with Michael Keane may have ended with his team-mate’s £30million summer transfer to Goodison Park, but in James Tarkowski, Mee continues to help ‘little’ Burnley upset the Premier League odds.
Burnley are two points ahead of Everton before this afternoon’s clash. ‘We weren’t expecting to be above Everton in the table at this stage,’ Mee says. And there is clearly no ill-feeling towards Keane, whose reunion with his former club is in doubt as he recovers from injury.
‘I am hoping to see him after the game, whether he plays or not,’ says Mee, who is looking forward to resuming their defensive partnership, wearing England shirts.
‘It would be brilliant to play alongside Michael for England. I don’t see many left-sided centre-halves, not English ones anyway. It’s always been in my mind that I might be considered.’
Michael Keane joined Everton from Burnley for £30million in the summer transfer window