Dominic Calvert-Lewin wants to “lead from the front” as Everton gain momentum under the management of Rafa Benitez.
Striker Calvert-Lewin has scored in each of Everton’s opening three Premier League games – although a thigh strain prevented the 24-year-old from joining up with England for this month’s international fixtures.
The player is keen to press his Three Lions claims after involvement in this summer’s European Championship.
But it is his increasing status with Everton – manager Benitez namechecked the centre-forward as one of the leaders in his team – occupying the thoughts of Calvert-Lewin.
“I think my role has changed as I’ve matured and grown older and gained more experience and I am more of a senior player in the team now,” Calvert-Lewin told evertontv.
”It is my responsibility to lead the team from the front and take the experience I’ve gained on to the pitch and be a leader.
“It is a role I am fully ready for and thoroughly enjoying.
“I have played a lot of games and know the Club and what is expected and it is important to pass on that knowledge.”
Calvert-Lewin scored a penalty to seal Everton’s victory over Brighton in what was his 150th Premier League appearance immediately before the ongoing international break.
The former Sheffield United player, who scored 21 goals in all competitions last term, got off the mark this season when he headed in a Richarlison cross in the opening day victory over Southampton.
Calvert-Lewin struck home a penalty in the 2-2 draw at Leeds United, seven days before scoring in similar fashion against Brighton.
“I think there are different ways to be a leader. You can have people who are quiet and lead by example and players who are more vocal,” said Calvert-Lewin.
“I like to think I’m a mixture of both.
“I just try to give my best for the team, score goals and lead in that way. Do things right and work hard and have that rub off on the rest of the guys.
“We want consistency of performance this season and that needs us to focus and do the right things and listen to what the manager is telling us every day.”
Calvert-Lewin’s afternoon at Brighton nine days ago was cut short when the thigh issue forced him off after 69 minutes.
He was denied the opportunity, then, to add to his 11 England caps this month.
The Yorkshireman, who won his first senior honours last October, has four goals for his country and featured twice in the European tournament this summer.
“In regards to England, I’ve just got to keep scoring goals,” added Calvert-Lewin.
“I need to keep doing the business for Everton and see where that takes me from an international point of view.
“I know what I’m capable of, I know who I am and what I represent.
“I have no doubt in my ability and what I can do for Everton and for England. I take that confidence with me everywhere I go.”