England 3 - 0 Wales
The striker was rewarded for his blistering start to the season which has seen him score nine goals in just six games in all competitions as Everton have booked their place in the last eight of the Carabao Cup and emerged as the early pace-setters in the 2020-21 Premier League.
Calvert-Lewin was joined in the starting XI by his Goodison Park team-mate Michael Keane who lined up alongside Wolves' Conor Coady and Liverpool's Joe Gomez in a three-man defence.
Jordan Pickford made way for Nick Pope in what was an expected move from Gareth Southgate who said he was keen to give some of his back-up goalkeepers a chance to show what they can do ahead of the upcoming Uefa Nations League matches.
Calvert-Lewin's first chance arrived after 13 uneventful minutes when he took it wide of the goalkeeper but from a very acute angle, he wasn't able to get cut the ball back across goal.
His second opportunity and his first genuine effort on goal was all he needed as Jack Grealish engineered space for a cross and Calvert-Lewin rose to nod powerfully home from close range. He becomes the first Everton player to score on his England debut since Francis Jeffers 17 years ago.
Coady doubled England's lead inside the first 10 minutes of the second period with another header shortly before Calvert-Lewin made way for Mason Mount and Danny Ings made it 3-0 with an overhead kick with just over an hour gone.
Elsewhere, Gylfi Sigurdsson scored both of his country's goals as Iceland beat Romania 2-1 in European Championship qualifying to set up a playoff with Hungary. Robin Olsen was an unused substitute in Sweden's 2-1 friendly win over Russia.
Last night, Tom Davies scored a great goal for England U-21s in a 3-3 draw with Andorra and Lucas Digne helped France hammer Ukraine 7-1.
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1 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:33:32
2 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:37:06
3 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:38:54
4 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:42:42
5 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:49:56
6 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:54:17
7 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:58:57
Dom was buzzing when he got the text, it means the world to him. Do the nation proud.
8 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:05:43
9 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:06:51
10 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:09:00
The day Shane was sold was a like a fucking knife through my heart. God knows, I think I can say that it hurt me more than it hurt him. So, what I am saying is that international games are pointless unless they involve Ireland.
11 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:12:14
12 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:15:55
I think Iceland apart, Northern Ireland are the team that most punches above their weight. Good luck to them. The Republic, don't have the depth they once did but they still have that fighting spirit also.
Meanwhile Gylfi has scored for Iceland.
13 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:16:15
Still if they are going ahead I hope Dominic continues his good early season form and naps a couple of goals for England while not having to worry about the result, thats me not Dominic!!
14 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:16:43
15 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:21:27
It's so teams can get prepared for the hugely important League of Nations. We saw how meaningful that tournament is after last season ended with Germany embarrassingly relegated only for them to say "Scrap that, we are just revamping the whole thing anyway" – so all those promotion/relegation battles were in vain.
The other purpose of it being of course to qualify for Euro 2021 if you are not among the 40 percent of European teams which have already qualified for that bloated tournament.
16 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:22:22
17 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:26:29
18 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:27:21
19 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:27:51
20 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:28:42
21 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:28:48
22 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:28:56
23 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:29:55
24 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:30:23
25 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:38:53
26 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:48:40
27 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:51:31
28 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:51:50
Very generous of Wales' centre-backs to leave Dom the freedom of the 6-yard box to score.
I hope Carlo is taking notes and targets Gomez in the derby. Just not switched on as a defender, is he?
29 Posted 08/10/2020 at 20:52:12
30 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:02:32
31 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:12:15
32 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:16:18
Now I can turn the game off.
33 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:16:31
34 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:16:36
35 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:17:02
36 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:17:36
37 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:18:40
38 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:19:51
39 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:20:10
And what a player Grealish looks. Shades of Gazza for me.
40 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:37:17
41 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:41:25
Fingers crossed he is used sparingly the next two games, before the derby.
42 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:51:11
Keane, who has done pretty well apart from one underhit chipped pass across the back line, is the one who is probably going to be kicking his heels for the rest of the internationals in my view.
43 Posted 08/10/2020 at 22:17:22
Wales have a small pool of players and having to play without Ramsey and Bale just made things more difficult for them even against a makeshift England side.
Just glad DCL scored and didn't get injured.
44 Posted 08/10/2020 at 22:22:28
All in all very good from him.
45 Posted 08/10/2020 at 22:29:24
46 Posted 08/10/2020 at 22:44:30
47 Posted 08/10/2020 at 22:45:27
We're supposed to be one of the big boys now, that's why we've got Ancelotti.
This incessant talk of how much we'll get, whether it's for DCL, Richie, Digne, or anyone else, is very small club mentality. Enough of it.
48 Posted 08/10/2020 at 22:53:17
49 Posted 08/10/2020 at 23:05:02
For the first time for nearly 30 years, I feel that good players will want to be here.
Whenever we have had someone we felt we could build a team around since then they've gone trophy hunting elsewhere. Not always with any success. But imagine that we produced a young Rodwell, Stones, Rooney now. Would the grass be looking greener in Manchester, London or anywhere else?
This is a ride that we have to enjoy. It might not last. But I'm aboard for the duration.
And by the way, Mike and Andy, mine is necessary!
50 Posted 08/10/2020 at 23:13:05
Same for all our guys who are away on these shit games.
51 Posted 08/10/2020 at 23:18:19
We are the big boys now! COYB
52 Posted 08/10/2020 at 23:34:23
Calvert-Lewin is a Championship player at best We are all experts aren't we...
53 Posted 09/10/2020 at 00:24:33
54 Posted 09/10/2020 at 00:29:30
55 Posted 09/10/2020 at 08:00:59
56 Posted 09/10/2020 at 08:17:06
Off topic, and I know we can't utter the Ev... word often enough, but why is it that on the Everton Direct website all the gear has to be prefixed "Everton" ie Everton hoodie, Everton polo, Everton T shirt, Everton keyring etc.etc...
It's not like they're selling Manc, RS or Tranmere kit as well. We won't get confused.
57 Posted 09/10/2020 at 08:28:30
Great goal from the lad and it's clear due to his early withdrawal that he is in the manager's plans for Sunday, probably won't start but will be involved. In a better starting eleven, he will score plenty of goals for his country.
Puts Everton and himself firmly on the map, it's great to be Blue.
58 Posted 09/10/2020 at 08:33:05
59 Posted 09/10/2020 at 09:01:57
It's an established marketing ploy. Before you realise it, you won't be able to see those items anywhere else without thinking of Everton and, if, on seeing one, and deciding you need one / want to buy one – your subconscious will tell you to get the "Everton" one.
60 Posted 09/10/2020 at 09:35:29
61 Posted 09/10/2020 at 09:37:22
Are you by any chance Calvert-Lewin's Greedy Grasping agent???
62 Posted 09/10/2020 at 09:37:50
I looked at Danny Ings, a good player, just after seeing Dominic and he looked puny in comparison.
Dominic looked good last night; he'll look much better when he plays for a better team, Everton, next week in the derby.
63 Posted 09/10/2020 at 09:46:04
His challenge is to carry this on for the season.
Not be a 'purple patch' player, but a complete, world class striker. If he goes 2 or 3 games without a goal, to not lose confidence and quickly take the chance when it comes.
There will be games where he'll be marked by 2 men, games where it doesn't quite fall for him. But if he can take them in his stride, then he'll be a 20-25 goal striker for a number of years.
Also, when he does miss a chance, and when he does go a game or two without scoring, let's not jump on his back and say he's actually not all that good and we should sell while his stock is up.
64 Posted 09/10/2020 at 09:46:34
65 Posted 09/10/2020 at 09:51:02
The Sig outdid him though scoring twice for Iceland, but sad that Ireland are out of Euros. Might save Seamus from injury though. Hope all our players survive intact. Colombia and Brazil are risks for us.
66 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:10:18
He is stronger and more athletic than most of the defenders he is coming up against, he has more confidence and is getting the best advice a player can get. He has gone from trying to score to expecting to score.
Looking forward to the derby next week, and it's been a while since I said that to myself. We have got the team now to start putting things right, we can put a big marker down next Saturday.
67 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:16:38
68 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:24:53
It was common to point out how Lukaku often got the 'finishing' goals, scoring when already leading. But Dom seems to get the early goal to break the deadlock.
69 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:30:19
But that isn't true what you state about Lukaku; he scored all the time with an average midfield. Lukaku is world class, and who knows with Carlo where Dom may get to also.
70 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:37:11
As a kid, I'd ask "How many of our guys are good enough to play for England?"
I looked at that team last night and, man for man, how many of the England players would even get on our bench?
Not the keeper, who is having as inconsistent a time as Jordan. Coady would be fun to have around but he wouldn't be in the starting XI. Trippier I have always rated.
In midfield, there wasn't a player on show all night for England who we would be saying we should bid for.
And if he wasn't tainted, Ings could make the bench.
This England team was the poorest I've ever seen. Keane and Calvert-Lewin stood out. But it's a sad indictment of the Premier League set-up that most club sides would give the national team a real kicking.
71 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:46:02
Now an interview with... yes, you've guessed it: Connor Coady. I think I actually hate all media outlets more every day...
72 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:46:38
I also noticed that Lukaku is still popping in most of his goals later in games. It obviously isn't always (before someone pulls out some evidence) but recently he scored and I noticed that the game had already been put to bed.
75 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:57:40
He makes me proud of him and our fantastic club. Well done, lad!
76 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:01:43
I think Lukaku slotting the winner in the recent Europa League Final has put to bed for good arguments as to whether he can do it on the biggest stage.
One thing I noticed about Calvert-Lewin, as others have said: he must be a nightmare to play against. He's now built up to a formidable degree.
There may in fact be a danger of him becoming a little top heavy, maybe too much time spent in the gym, which may affect his speed later on.
77 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:08:37
I hope saint Harry Kane (to those at Spurs) is looking over his shoulder and feeling very nervous. Go and get him, Dom!
78 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:09:48
Yes, strength, confidence and athleticism are all there, but what I think has really improved is his positioning and movement in the box. Last night's goal was a great example. He slotted right in the middle of the two defenders so that they couldn't get to him when the ball came in.
There are still things he can add too. He's so fast across the ground he can look to break into space behind defenders for balls from James. That'd make him even more of a headache.
He could do with a pay rise soon. He'll deserve it.
79 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:14:51
Kane plays a slightly different role. This could be a throwback in terms of style. Kane and Calvert-Lewintogether for England could frighten the proverbial out of defences. They would be so busy watching one they won't see the other coming. As one moves to make space the other pounces.
Sharp and Gray in white shirts. If I was a central defender I'd be afraid... very afraid.
80 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:24:20
I think your point is that the foreign players crowd out the domestic talent so that the England team is weaker than it would otherwise be. But I don't think there is any evidence of this. When I was a nipper in the 1970s England were gash. In the 80s were we gash (except in '86 with 4 Everton players in the team). In 1990 we made a semi final at the World Cup with a decent side.
Since the Premier League came along, England's record has been slightly better (lots of quarter-finals and a couple of semis), and I think the quantity of high class players looks better than I can remember.
Last night was of course a B team so weaker than normal, but still had a few gems on display.
81 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:24:48
Calvert-Lewin & Kane would be a very, very formidable front two.
82 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:26:21
I would think you were crazy for claiming Calvert-Lewin would be a decent striker. I really would.
83 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:29:24
84 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:30:11
He is starting to achieve his goals – no pun intended. Long may he do so and long may he wear the Royle Blue of Everton. Fingers crossed he doesn't pick up an injury before the RS turn up at Goodison.
I just hope the ref for the derby is up to it because we will be, make no mistake – 20 years of hurt and now it's payback time in spades. COYBs.
85 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:41:02
And yet I was directed to another website in the same city where there was concern that, in the next match 'the referee will need to keep an eye on that cheating cunt Rodriguez'.
He seems to have split people right down the middle as to his qualities.
86 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:41:37
I also remember seeing 'live', England Rugby winger Ben Cohen sprint the whole length of the pitch for a try, side-stepping several defenders along the way; he too looked like he'd just stepped off the stage at Mr Universe!
87 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:47:45
He is certainly towering over everybody at the moment.
88 Posted 09/10/2020 at 11:56:58
Size does not mean slow. Look at the NFL and Lukaku was a beast, but he wasn't slow. You also need need muscle up top to hold off big centre backs. Gym work is essential for the modern footballer and Calvert-Lewin is obviously putting in the hours.
He looked great in a B team against Championship Wales. Let's hope he gets to play with the A team next. He deserves it!
90 Posted 09/10/2020 at 12:25:45
91 Posted 09/10/2020 at 12:42:26
The thing I really like is that he appears to be a lovely bloke, down to earth, and humble.
Congratulations to Dom for working so hard and proving so many doubters wrong.
92 Posted 09/10/2020 at 12:45:02
Last night's team was very ordinary but Calvert-Lewin and Grealish staked their claim.
93 Posted 09/10/2020 at 12:50:38
The lad is turning into a really top centre-forward. He is a real handful and must be a nightmare for defenders to play against.
Keep it up, Dom, you are doing yourself and Everton FC proud. Long may it continue. A hat-trick in the derby please if it's not to much trouble.
94 Posted 09/10/2020 at 12:53:08
It would require some change in tactics and formation but Kane tends to drop very deep these days into a false 9 / forward 10 role, and he's very good at providing assists (Son would attest to that). Calvert-Lewin has pace and is a willing runner.
95 Posted 09/10/2020 at 12:55:11
To me, Calvert-Lewin is pretty much the ideal balance of strength and weight. As pointed out elsewhere, speed isn't what would necessarily be compromised by plenty of bench pressing; it would impact leaping and distance running much more as you are adding muscle mass that doesn't really contribute anything to those activities.
The upper-body strength he has at the moment looks just about perfect to me to give him good sprinting speed and a way of dominating defenders in the air (witness the way he often uses his arms to keep above the defenders once in the air rather than actually climbing on them).
96 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:01:16
97 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:01:43
Both Brazil and Colombia have fixtures on Wednesday next week, three days before our lunchtime derby match, so not much preparation for such a big game.
98 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:11:22
The lad has worked on his weaknesses and matured into a very good player.
He is getting more support, he is allowed to do what he does best and that is to focus more in getting into the box and taking less touches when a chance arrives.
Having this midfield has helped even more, he is no longer feeding off scraps, or trying to hold the ball up.
He deserves every ounce of praise he is getting and more than happy to be proved wrong.
I love eating humble pie when it goes well, not so nice when you build someone up and it goes the other way, so more than happy to be wrong on this one.
99 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:25:22
Brian (96), not unless he brought his own “bird” with him.
100 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:27:30
I walked into a convent once after a few sherbets, thinking my luck would have to change sometime, and I got nun! :-)
101 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:37:04
102 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:38:31
103 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:48:58
104 Posted 09/10/2020 at 15:00:38
An England U21 youngster gets older, gets coached, becomes confident and gets better. Who could have foreseen it eh?
105 Posted 09/10/2020 at 15:10:13
The one against West Brom when Kieran Gibbs hit out at him and got sent off springs to mind. Not sure how hard the contact was but James fell to the floor clutching his face.
106 Posted 09/10/2020 at 15:16:11
107 Posted 09/10/2020 at 15:26:50
Obviously I watch him each game as we all do, but he does seem to be changing before our eyes at the moment. You know what he reminded me of yesterday? A boxer. I'm not sure that is the best route, two years ago he looked like Ian Rush, now he's more like M Ali.
108 Posted 09/10/2020 at 15:27:42
And Suarez as well. It would be good to think our players are better than that but hey ho... needs must at times!
109 Posted 09/10/2020 at 16:11:13
The good thing is he will only get better, and the confidence he will have got from getting his first England cap and scoring on his debut, will also make him want to make that place in the England team his own. Kane is probably ahead of Calvert-Lewin but 12/18 months and if he keeps progressing he could well oust Kane from being automatic first choice.
110 Posted 09/10/2020 at 16:36:21
111 Posted 09/10/2020 at 16:58:42
On another point I thought Pope looked so much more control in goal than our very own Roy of the Rovers Mr Pickwick!
112 Posted 09/10/2020 at 17:04:10
Refs should be allowed to assess game impact and be encouraged to send divers off for exaggerating, using VAR to check. Then Lamela would have gone too. No more snipers?
113 Posted 09/10/2020 at 17:20:13
114 Posted 09/10/2020 at 18:43:23
Nick Pope did okay with his hands, the little he had to do, but seemed pretty skittish every time he has to kick the ball more than about 10 yards. It seemed to me the defenders were extremely reluctant to pass the ball to him under even the slightest pressure.
The commentator (Lee Dixon I think) made a point of saying Jordan Pickford is by far the most accomplished passer out of the current crop of English keepers.
115 Posted 09/10/2020 at 18:48:36
As long as the Premier League use the money to support the lower leagues to an extent as well, then I wouldn't begrudge them some matchday revenue.
116 Posted 09/10/2020 at 19:38:20
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