'Proud' Calvert-Lewin Named England Under-21 Player Of The Year

Dominic Calvert-Lewin says he will take “great motivation into the second half of the season” after he was selected as the 2018 England Under-21 Player of the Year by The FA’s broadcast partner BT Sport.

Calvert-Lewin was a key member of the Young Lions squad as they booked their place at this summer’s UEFA Under-21 European Championship in Italy and San Marino with an undefeated qualifying record.


The 21-year-old chalked up seven appearances and found the net on five occasions for Aidy Boothroyd's side throughout 2018.

A BT Sport panel consisting of Michael Owen, Chris Sutton, Adam Summerton, Lynsey Hipgrave and Matt Smith pulled together a shortlist which the 21-year-old Yorkshireman topped.

“It is a pleasant surprise,” said Calvert-Lewin. “I got the message on Thursday night saying I had won it, so I am delighted to win such an award. 


“I'd like to say a big thank you to the panel at BT Sport. To get their appreciation and be recognised for what I have been doing is a great feeling. I am very grateful to them for giving me this award.
 
"It has been a productive year for me with England. We are building up to the European Championships now and working hard in preparation for that tournament. I have managed to get a few goals in the qualifiers and friendlies and I feel my form has been pretty good. I have tried to take that into the Premier League and kick on from there.
 
"This award gives me further motivation going into the second half of the season. It's a nice confidence boost so I’ll try to take that into my performances. It is a proud moment for a proud Englishman.”

Calvert-Lewin netted his 10th goal of the season for club and country in Everton’s  2-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.



Related Tags

Season Ticket, Lounge or We Are Everton Member?

Login then click HERE to check out the latest exclusive content, including player features, classic highlights, interviews and more.

evertontv

View More
  • EVERTON FIRST-TEAM STARS JOIN ACADEMY DAY
    528
  • WATCH: UNDER-23S BEAT BRIGHTON TO CLINCH TITLE
  • FEENEY: TEAM SPIRIT SAW US THROUGH
    531
  • 'A GREAT NIGHT FOR THE FOOTBALL CLUB' - UNSWORTH AND FEENEY REFLECT ON TITLE WIN
    309
  • VIRGINIA 'PROUD' OF UNDER-23S SUCCESS
    168
  • BOWLER: UNDER-23S TITLE WIN MY BEST MOMENT
    372