Calvert-Lewin scores on England U21s debut

Saturday 2 September 2017  22 Comments  [Jump to last]
Dominic Calvert-Lewin made his first appearance for England's Under-21s since stepping up from the Under-20s and scored his country's only goal in a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.

The Everton striker put his side 1-0 up in the first half with a clinical finish after being set up by club team-mate Ademola Lookman but Steven Bergwijn's equaliser meant that England had to be content with a draw to open their 2019 European Championship qualifying match.

Calvert-Lewin and Lookman were one of four Everton players in a line-up which also included Jonjoe Kenny and Kieran Dowell.  

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 02/09/2017 at 15:44:19
Well done, lad, but save a few for us... looks like we're going to need them!
Ray Roche
2 Posted 02/09/2017 at 17:48:58
Very well taken goal with a lovely assist from Lookman.
Chris James
3 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:14:00
Lush combination between Lookman and DCL (as we've seen previously at youth level), would really like to see both of these players given a LOT of game time this season. Lookman has pace, skill and direct-running which we're crying out for and playing them together could help them both progress.
Sam Hoare
4 Posted 02/09/2017 at 18:23:45
Great to have 4 lads starting in U21s. Could be 5 if Holgate were fit.

Lookman just needs to get his confidence up. He's looked a bit like he's trying too hard on ocassion for the first team but no doubt he's got talent. I reckon second half of the season we'll see some good stuff by him and DCL.

Damian Wilde
5 Posted 02/09/2017 at 19:23:19
Great assist, great hoal. Start both.
Julian Wait
6 Posted 02/09/2017 at 20:32:29
Was impressed by Lookman when I saw him, his goal against City and then against Palace he was bright and unsettled them when we had the ball, annoyed them when we didn't. Agree he lacks a bit of confidence perhaps, and at first seemed unsure of his broader role in Koeman's game plan and defending from the front etc etc. Good goal ;-)
Brian Cleveland
7 Posted 03/09/2017 at 04:00:22
Sorry Lyndon, can't resist this one:
"Calvert-Lewin and Lookman were ONE of four Everton players in a line-up which also included Jonjoe Kenny and Kieran Dowell"


Ajay Gopal
8 Posted 03/09/2017 at 05:27:54
That was a superb goal, and if it had been scored in the Premier League, it would have been no less than the well taken team goals that the RS and Arsenal seem to regularly score.

However, the quality of defending was quite poor – Lookman and Calvert-Lewin will not have it so easy against Premier League teams.

Will Mabon
9 Posted 03/09/2017 at 06:59:38
Ain't no doubt, the guy's getting better - surprised me lately.

Chris James
10 Posted 02/09/2017 at 07:40:11
Total aside, but anyone else hoping the Irish get knocked out of the qualifiers? After all the shit with an unfit McCarthy and the injury to Coleman in a pointless, ugly match, I'd love Keane and O'Neill to get a bit of rough justice.
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 03/09/2017 at 07:46:38
I've stuck by this kid since day one I'm glad to say. He's not a winger, or wing back, but he'll do a job in those areas. Once he's nailed down the centre-forward position, it will be hard to keep him, mark my words.
Peter Gorman
12 Posted 03/09/2017 at 08:47:16
Chris @10

Hopefully just you mate. You weirdo.

John Smith
13 Posted 03/09/2017 at 10:23:14
Smart assist. Good goals. Two young gems.
Paul Tran
14 Posted 03/09/2017 at 15:04:37
He's come on a ton recently – especially when he's played in his best position. Big chance for him this season, I'm hoping he can be the silver lining to our cloudy end of window.

I'd like to see Lookman picked regularly as well. Had a shocker in Split, but there's only one place he's going to learn and that's on the pitch.

Steavey Buckley
15 Posted 03/09/2017 at 16:36:11
I never understand why first team players from the Premier League have to play for sides outside of the England first team. Young players who are expected to play well for Premier League teams need a rest between international breaks.

The England Under-21s and lower should be for those players who are not in any premier league team or squad. Especially, as the calibre of England's lower team managers, assistants and fitness coaches are not at the same level as Premier League teams.

Michael Kenrick
16 Posted 03/09/2017 at 18:29:51
"Young players who are expected to play well for Premier League teams need a rest between international breaks."

Steavey, you do come out with some of the most bizarre things as gospel. Between international breaks is exactly when these young players should be playing their best football – in the Premier League!

Barry Pearce
18 Posted 04/09/2017 at 12:17:55
Every man and his dog knows Calvert-Lewin is more effective playing through the middle. Even Koeman, so just play him there. At the moment, he's the best we've got in that position, and he will get better.
Michael Lynch
19 Posted 04/09/2017 at 12:37:24
Looking forward to Calvert-Lewin getting a load of game time in his favoured position between now and Christmas. He's by far the best option we have at this moment.
James Marshall
20 Posted 04/09/2017 at 13:20:34
Michael @16. I assume Steavey meant 'during' International breaks is when players need a rest

I don't agree with Steavey – when you look at the best senior International sides, they all played together at under-21 level.

There's a good reason they know how to play together.

Jeremy Sharon
21 Posted 04/09/2017 at 14:31:43
We need to play Calvert-Lewin as our central striker, with Rooney, Sigurdsson and Lookman behind him. Best forward line-up we have at the moment.
Roger Helm
22 Posted 04/09/2017 at 16:52:05
Yes Jeremy, in fact the only forward line – let's hope there are no injuries before January
Nev Renshaw
23 Posted 04/09/2017 at 17:33:47
You watch. He'll come on leaps and bounds, and one of the big four will nick him away from us.

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