England manager Gareth Southgate was in attendance during Everton and Manchester City’s Premier League clash last night, ahead of announcing his Three Lions squad for the coming international break at the start of September, and the combined performance of two Toffees players in the 1-1 draw will have undoubtedly caught his eye.
Wayne Rooney’s revival since returning to his boyhood club has been one of the major talking points over the first two matchdays of the new Premier League season, but it owes much to how certain players around him have provided the pace and agility the 31-year-old lacks – none more so than youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Indeed, from their two Premier League outings together, the English duo appear to have struck up an incredibly promising partnership already. Calvert-Lewin has supplied Rooney for both of his top flight goals this season and the duo have done most of Everton’s damage in the final third, conjuring up nine shots, ten created chances and 14 crosses between them.
Perhaps most impressively, the pair have linked up equally well in back-to-back fixtures despite being fielded in slightly different roles. While Rooney operated behind Calvert-Lewin as part of a front three against City, the latter was playing at right wing-back when he supplied the former Man United skipper versus Stoke.
That suggests Calvert-Lewin and Rooney have already developed a bond that brings the best out of both of them. Even at international level, partnerships like that can be invaluable – something Southgate will surely be aware of.
Of course, Rooney’s the former England captain and Calvert-Lewin netted the winning goal for the Junior Lions in the U20 World Cup earlier this summer, so both have the quality and experience to help see off Malta and Slovakia next month. But do you think they should be in the coming England squad? Let us know by voting below…