Roberto Martinez gives Everton precedence over Dominic Calvert-Lewin.


Calvert-Lewin has already made double figures in all previous competitions for club and country this season and was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month prize.

Everton’s former coach, Roberto Martinez, admitted that he has been following Dominic Calvert-Lewin and his progress closely.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has attracted attention this season with outstanding performances for Everton and England.

“As a former Evertonian, I have followed Calvert-Lewin’s progress and I believe he is almost every number nine in the English squad,” Martinez said.

Calvert-Lewin made his debut with the Three Lions on Thursday and scored in the win over Wales, maintaining his place in the battle against Harry Kane’s fatigue.

Martinez – responsible for Belgium since 2016 – was impressed by the striker’s heroics as he prepared his side for the England game at Wembley.

Former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp praised Carlo Ancelotti for his sensational form.

“Of course he is still a young player compared to the experience of Harry Kane, but we respect every single player in the English squad.

“Things are heading his way because he has faith. He has now reached that level where, after the goal against Wales, he feels he can do it.

Redknapp said about Sky Sports: “He is very talented. I think that shows you how important trust is in football. We all talk about what he does differently, but he probably doesn’t do so many things differently.

“Everton believed in him. The manager has worked with some of the best strikers in world football, well, he says to him, ‘You are my man’.

“Every week he knows he’s going to start. A lot of people talk about when Everton will get the number nine – he’s their number nine. He’s doing so well, and he deserves everything he gets”..


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