Jamie Carragher has suggested Everton ace Dominic Calvert-Lewin is “next in line” to be England’s main striker at the European Championships after skipper Harry Kane, speaking to Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
The Tottenham Hotspur and Toffees talismen are level on 13 goals as they fight for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.
Calvert-Lewin topped up his tally during the 3-3 draw at Manchester United at the weekend, edging him closer to the prize.
When Carragher was asked whether Calvert-Lewin would be guaranteed a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euros squad, if fit, the childhood Everton fan replied: “I think so.”
Calvert-Lewin – the ‘stand-out thing’
However, Carragher added the Everton ace may have to wait in line behind Kane with regards to a first-choice spot up front for England.
He said: “I wouldn’t say (Calvert-Lewin is) a mainstay of the squad.
“On the back of this season and the goals he has scored, I think he’s next in line. I would say behind Harry Kane.
“The stand-out thing from Calvert-Lewin is how many goals he gets. You are talking about a penalty box or six-yard striker. Eight goals in the six-yard box.”
Magic in the making
Calvert-Lewin has been in sensational form for Everton this season but his transformation began before that.
The 23-year-old scored 13 goals last season in what was a transitional period for the club.
Carlo Ancelotti took over from Marco Silva midway through the term and turned the Toffees’ fortunes around.
The upsurge has been in parallel with the rise of Goodison Park’s latest hero in the revered number nine shirt.
Southgate’s striker dilemma
Calvert-Lewin’s contributions have already earned him three England caps, scoring in two of them.
Southgate will have a nice dilemma regarding which attackers to select for his Euros squad this summer.
Kane is, of course, in the driving seat but may be running on stumps by the time Tottenham have finished with him.
Based on current form, Calvert-Lewin can’t be overlooked and neither can Patrick Bamford, who bagged his 12th league goal last night during Leeds United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
And Carragher was happy to compare the two, who were both under fire earlier in their careers.
He said: “As we mentioned with Patrick Bamford, a couple of years ago (Calvert-Lewin) was playing for Everton and was getting criticised for not scoring.”
Now both strikers are in the form of their lives.
Add Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, to mention just two, to the mix and Southgate may have some hard choices this summer.
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