Paul Merson has revealed he’s a big admirer of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and explained how he could force his way into the England squad for the European Championships in the summer.
The 22-year-old is currently thriving under manager Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park and has become the first-choice striker for the Toffees.
He’s now managed 11 goals across all competitions so far this season, with nine of them coming in the Premier League.
The powerful centre-forward has represented England up to Under-21 age level, but is yet to earn his first call-up tot he senior group.
Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has discussed Calvert-Lewin and said how he could break into the England picture.
“If he went on and got 15 goals before the end of the season I’d be definite [about putting him in the England squad] because that’s another 12/13 games in the Premier League and he becomes more mature,” Merson told Sky Sports’ The Debate Show (11pm, 20 January).
“He wouldn’t let you down, he works his socks off Calvert-Lewin I do like him. I think he’ll be one for the future.”
Calvert-Lewin looks an outside bet for England in the summer right now considering he’s yet to force his way into a Gareth Southgate squad, but he’s got to come under consideration following injuries to Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.
The Everton forward has an immense work-rate at the top end of the pitch, as well as being great in the air and he’s continuing to improve in front of goal.
He’s on the brink of double figures for his goal return in the league and aged 22 he definitely has a bright future ahead of him.