Five named to England U-21 Squad

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Five Everton players have been named in the England Under-21 squad for European Championship qualifying matches against Andorra and Scotland later this month.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonjoe Kenny, Ademola Lookman, Tom Davies, and Kieran Dowell are selected for games against Andorra at Chesterfield's Proact Stadium on Thursday, October 11, and then Scotland at Hearts' Tynecastle Park on Tuesday, October 16.


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Minik Hansen
1 Posted 05/10/2018 at 16:15:18
Can only benefit the team spirit. COYB.
Paul Ellam
2 Posted 05/10/2018 at 17:08:44
Well done guys. Keep up the good work!
Anthony Flack
3 Posted 05/10/2018 at 17:16:26
This is great recognition for all five of them and the club – so well done.

I wonder, however, what the reaction would be if all five were considered as regular starters, say before Christmas? They certainly split opinion in different ways:

● I have doubts about Calvert-Lewin and Davies just based on their ability versus that required at top level;

● Lookman has issues and, whilst he's a probable real talent, he is not delivering for whatever reason;

● Kenny I think has looked a lot better in the past couple of games;

● Dowell, whilst only getting a limited chance, is not really pressing...

I accept I might get murdered by a few on here; young... give them a chance etc etc. But just my musing.

Will Jones
4 Posted 05/10/2018 at 17:39:44
I think the players develop at different rates and so peak at different times. Is it any surprise that Rooney peaked early so effectively finished early? I am surprised by Davies being made captain so young, maybe the new Phil Neville?
Robert Leigh
5 Posted 05/10/2018 at 18:02:52
I share your concerns, Anthony, but I am guilty of constantly forgetting that's Davies and Calvert-Lewin are so young. There aren't many players their age playing in the Premier League regularly; we don't have any better players who are fit and they're doing okay.

Dowell is an odd case – maybe another 6 months on loan would help. I say send him to Cardiff – Warnock will put some steel in him and he'll learn to fight as well as be the player he is.

Phill Thompson
7 Posted 05/10/2018 at 18:22:34
Anthony, the reality is that, at 20, we would be murdered at Premier League level if we had these 5 as regular starters. They are all very talented in their own ways but need to be gradually introduced as their talent and our games permit.
John Raftery
8 Posted 05/10/2018 at 19:08:28
Phill (7) ‘They are all very talented in their own ways but need to be gradually introduced as their talent and our games permit.'

That is absolutely correct. Catterick introduced Harvey, Wright, Hurst, Husband, Royle and Whittle over a period of four to five years. They joined a settled, well performing team with top class players who could support them through the learning curve. Ultimately they were all important players in our Championship-winning team of 1969-70.

A problem at present is that too much is being expected too soon of too many of our young players. Moreover, we are not blessed with many, if any, experienced, top class performers who are confident enough in their own places to help those around them. An impatient home crowd just adds a further dimension to the challenge facing the younger players.

The fact that so many are earning England Under-21 recognition should tell us we have some of the best players of their age group in the country. It is incumbent on the manager and his staff to do everything in their power to guide them through their formative years.

Martin Berry
9 Posted 05/10/2018 at 19:25:13
I think Lookman is a gem, he showed some real magic in the first half on Tuesday.
Marco has to do what he is paid for and Manage to bring the best out of him
Brian Harrison
10 Posted 05/10/2018 at 20:30:55

I also think Lookman is a talent but you really can't blame Silva for not managing the best out of him. Within days of taking over, Silva said Lookman was the present and the future of Everton, that should have been a massive lift for Lookman.

Yes, he looked good in the first half on Tuesday against Southampton, and the fans were really encouraging him. He took a couple of corners and the fans applauded him as he ran over to take them, but he never acknowledged them. Then, when he was substituted in the second half, Schneiderlin but his hand out to him and he just shrugged it off.

So, while he is talented, it seems pretty obvious he doesn't want to be here, and I think he will be gone to Leipzig in the January window.

Mark Taylor
11 Posted 06/10/2018 at 01:31:34
The problem with the England Under-21s is that, while one can say they are the nation's best young players, the reality is that, while a few kick on to be top players, most don't and a very large number you barely hear of again. Let me give you some names from our England squad from 2013, players who ought to be at their peak right now:

Craig Dawson
Nathaniel Clyne
Jordan Henderson
Danny Rose
Wilf Zaha
Jonjo Shelvey

They are the big successes at Premier League level, albeit a few are not now first choice for their clubs. Here's some of the others:

Craig Dawson
Adam Smith
Tom Lees
Jack Robinson
Jason Lowe
Jason Steele
Josh McEachran
Tom Ince
Henri Lansbury
Nathan Delfouneso
Marvin Sordell
Connor Wickham
Callum McManaman
Steven Caulker
Andre Wisdom

We need to remember, that out of our 5, we'll be lucky to get two top-drawer Premier League players and more likely only one. The worry I have is that the one who looks most likely, Lookman, isn't even going to be with us. Most of the U-21 crop tends to end up somewhat struggling at Premier League level, or disappearing down into the lower leagues. Sad, but true.

Jon Withey
12 Posted 06/10/2018 at 08:53:15
Was interesting to see Barkley interviewed the other day saying he'd never really had any coaching before Sarri.

It's sad the bad blood and seeming lack of respect for the club that has crept in over the last few years.

With Lookman, money aside, it seems like he doesn't feel like he owes the club anything - probably due to the lack of play time and 'coaching'.

I hope Silva turns it around but in Lookmans case maybe it is too late.

Michael Williams
13 Posted 06/10/2018 at 13:04:11
John 12 - I read the Barkley interview and he was slagging his former club. In the article he just said Sarri works more on developing players than the Everton first team coaches did and that those coaches were more interested in results than development:

From the Gurdian: “It can be that way because, when you go through the youth system (at Everton), you’re always going in to do analysis work, looking at every way of improving, and your coaches are always on top of you. Then when you get to the first team it can change because managers are focusing on weekly results and not player development.”

Michael Williams
14 Posted 06/10/2018 at 13:19:02
In my comment above #13 - meant Barkley was NOT slagging Everton. Sorry.
Steavey Buckley
15 Posted 06/10/2018 at 14:28:24
When it comes to Everton players making the England 1st team as regulars, only the England Under-21s are good enough for them. Under the present system, an Everton modern-day Rooney would be playing for England Under-21s and not the England 1st team.
Simon Smith
16 Posted 06/10/2018 at 22:09:22
This surely has to be a good thing.

Well done again to the Blues development team for producing up-and-coming talent.

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