Gareth Southgate has been told to use Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his England squad in the build-up to the Euros. The 22-year-old scored against Manchester United on Sunday in front of the Three Lions boss.
Calvert-Lewin grabbed his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign on Sunday.
The 22-year-old has been in superb form this season, and has taken to Carlo Ancelotti’s style of play like a moth to a flame.
He has eight goals in his last ten games, but his most recent was one of the easiest he’ll ever score.
With the game still in its’ infancy, David de Gea attempted to clear the ball with United playing the ball around the back.
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But when he did move to clear the ball, Calvert-Lewin leaped in front of the kick to block the ball, which rebounded into the empty net.
United would eventually level the scoring through Bruno Fernandes, but the game would again swing Everton’s way in the dying moments, when Calvert-Lewin brought a loose ball down inside the area before lashing a shot at goal.
His effort rebounded off Harry Maguire into the bottom corner while Calvert-Lewin wheeled away in celebration.
But the goal didn’t stand, due to Gylfi Sigurdsson sat in an offside position.
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Regardless, Calvert-Lewin put in a solid performance and made a good case for being selected by Southgate.
England have an injury crisis on their hands at the moment, with Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford out injured and Jamie Vardy having retired from international duty.
And Dany Higginbotham believes Southgate needs to include the youngster in his squad.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin just has to be in the next England squad,” he wrote in his The Sun column.
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“Southgate must be considering — with Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford out injured — letting the Everton No 9 lead his line when Italy come to Wembley on March 27, with Denmark at the stadium four days later for another friendly.
“When Everton were playing more of a 4-2-3-1, his unselfishness and work rate probably prevented him from getting the goals he deserved.
“When he was playing as a lone striker earlier in the season, he would go wide to the left to help and when the balls were coming into the box he wasn’t there. At times he was isolated. Now he can be a focal point when the balls are coming in.
“His hold-up play is brilliant and because Everton play with two holding midfielders, with two centre-backs behind them, he has always got support around him as the full-backs can both push up.”
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