According to reports in The Mirror, Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, rated at €12m (£10.7m) by Transfermarkt, is being considered for a shock England call-up in the build-up to the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate is set to name his squad for the upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy next Thursday, and The Mirror says that the 47-year-old is mulling over giving Calvert-Lewin an opportunity, even though he hasn’t been a regular for his club side in recent weeks – he has only started one of the club’s last eight Premier League matches in 2018.
That said, the 20-year-old has proved to be an important first-team player and one of the few bright sparks in a disappointing campaign for the Merseyside outfit, scoring eight goals and providing a further six assists in 39 appearances in all competitions, and he is eyeing a consistent run in the XI after playing the full 90 minutes against Burnley last time out.
While Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy seem to be certs to get the nod, there appears to be a chance for other attackers to stake their claim for a surprise spot on the plane to Russia.
Getting the call would certainly be a huge boost for Calvert-Lewin in his bid to end the season on a high and continue to be a key first-team player for Everton, and that would only be good for the club if he is to get more experience on the international scene against top nations like the Netherlands and Italy.