Former Premier League footballer Danny Murphy has suggested that Dominic Calvert-Lewin could force his way into England contention if his form and Gareth Southgate’s injury concerns continue ahead of the Euro 2020 finals.
Injuries to Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford could have opened the door for an outsider to make a dramatic entrance into international football with the participation of both strikers at the tournament in doubt following a pair of serious injuries.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Murphy admitted he has been ‘surprised’ at Calvert-Lewin’s rate of improvement for Everton this season, and hinted that it could be rewarded by an international call-up if he maintains his impressive streak.
He said: “They’ve got a player who’s developing very, very well and improving dramatically. I think his performances this season have gone up a notch. His all-round game is tremendous. Holds the ball up, quick, runs the channels, great in the air – must be great to play with, as well. His finishing has, in the last couple of months, surprised me. He’s getting in there where you want strikers to be.
Can Dominic Calvert-Lewin maintain this form?
“If he keeps scoring the way he is, then he’s pushing himself into this England squad. We don’t know what’s going to happen with Kane, we’ve now got the Rashford situation. He could be a late runner.”
Following his equaliser against West Ham United at the weekend, Calvert-Lewin took his Premier League goal tally to a personal best of nine – a fine achievement considering we are only in January and he had a total of 11 league goals to his name prior to this campaign.
Therefore, it looks as if Calvert-Lewin’s improvement is there for all to see, and with options potentially becoming limited for Southgate up top, he may be forced into calling up an international rookie to supplement the Three Lions attack this summer.
He may have competition from the likes of Tammy Abraham and Danny Ings, who are currently above him in the Premier League scoring charts and off the treatment table at present.
But given his marked improvement in front of goal, having gained the attention of Murphy, it may not be surprising if he was in the running when the time comes for Southgate to finalise his travelling party should his rich vein of form persist until then.
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