Calvert-Lewin Says Boss Is Right Man To Help Achieve Big Ambitions

by Paul McNamara
@Everton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin says Everton manager Sam Allardyce can help him achieve his ambition of reaching the “top of football”.

Calvert-Lewin made his 41st Toffees appearance this season in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Stoke City before joining up with England Under-21s for two matches during this international fortnight.

The former Sheffield United man, who celebrated his 21st birthday on the eve of the clash with Stoke, has scored eight goals and provided six assists this term.

The 10 Premier League goals Calvert-Lewin has contributed to have led directly to Everton claiming 10 points, while three of his league strikes have come since Allardyce took charge at the back end of November.

“The manager has been in the game a long time and worked with all different types of players, different strikers as well, and has so much knowledge he can pass on to me,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.

“Like all the other staff, if there is anything he can help you with, he will always let you know.

“He has all the experience in the world so he is a good man to help me get to where I want to be – which is the top of football.”

Calvert-Lewin has started 23 matches in all competitions for the Blues this term, with his remaining 18 outings coming from the bench.

The competition for places in Everton’s forward line further intensified with the January arrivals of Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott, who are both flourishing under Allardyce’s guidance.

Striker Tosun scored both goals in the weekend win over Stoke, with the Turk's decisive effort teed up by Walcott's precision delivery from the right wing.

Indeed, Allardyce's first two signings have already had a direct hand in eight goals for the Blues, while both men remain unbeaten at Goodison Park, where the Toffees' record of 23 points from the past 30 available is joint-third best at home in the Premier League.

Calvert-Lewin played the final 37 minutes and delivered a typically energetic display as Everton relocated their winning touch on the road at Stoke and moved within three points of Burnley in seventh.

Indeed, the player's development into a key figure in his first full season with the Club – he had featured in only 11 first-team matches prior to this campaign – has reportedly drawn him to the attention of England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

“It is speculation but all I can keep doing is playing and doing well and you like to think the rest will take care of itself,” said Calvert-Lewin.

“My dream is to play for England one day and if that is this summer I will be over the moon.

“If not, I will get there, eventually. I am ready if I am called on. Physically I feel good, I feel fresh. And mentally, as well, I am recharged and confident in myself that I can go and be at that level."

Calvert-Lewin is one of five Everton players in Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions squad, while a sixth – Callum Connolly – is on standby for forthcoming fixtures against Romania and Ukraine.

Boothroyd’s team take on Romania in a friendly contest at Molineux on Saturday, before stepping out at Calvert-Lewin’s old Bramall Lane stomping ground for a European Championship qualifying tie with the Ukranians next Tuesday.

Lining up next to so many of his Toffees colleagues on the international stage is not lost on Calvert-Lewin, who is joined in the Under-21 party by Tom Davies and Jonjoe Kenny, along with Ademola Lookman and Kieran Dowell, the pair out on loan at RB Leipzig and Nottingham Forest respectively.

“I think it is brilliant, it is quite unusual isn’t it,” added Calvert-Lewin, who has earned five Under-21 caps since firing England Under-20s to World Cup glory last year.

“It is no coincidence that we are all getting first-team exposure. It is a credit to the Club for giving the young boys an opportunity.

“As a kid it was always my dream to play for England. I feel a big part of the Under-21s, especially off the back of winning the World Cup last year.

“I love playing for England and it is good to be doing it with my mates who I see every day.”

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