Wayne Rooney has backed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to construct on his spectacular begin with England, believing the Everton ahead deserved a chance at worldwide stage forward of Tammy Abraham.
Calvert-Lewin scored 15 objectives in all competitions for his membership within the 2019-20 season however needed to patiently anticipate his likelihood at worldwide stage.
Nevertheless, a terrific begin to the brand new marketing campaign led to a debut for the 23-year-old towards Wales this month. He seized the chance, discovering the online in a 3-0 triumph for Gareth Southgate’s facet at Wembley.
Abraham, in the meantime, made his England bow again in 2017, his likelihood coming at a time when he was nonetheless but to interrupt into the first-team image at Chelsea.
In his column for the Sunday Occasions, Rooney raised issues over gamers based mostly within the north having to “work more durable” to get an England call-up.
On Calvert-Lewin, Rooney said: “For England, he can turn out to be an necessary member of the squad and it’s nice seeing him lastly recognised at worldwide stage.
“I’ve at all times thought younger lads from the north should work more durable to get their England alternatives than boys from the large southern golf equipment.
“I felt Calvert-Lewin deserved his likelihood earlier than Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.”
1985 – Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the primary Everton striker to attain for England at Wembley since @GaryLineker in October 1985 vs Turkey. Toffee. https://t.co/TCPKfmX6rQ
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 8, 2020
Calvert-Lewin has scored seven instances within the Premier League already this time period, serving to Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton make the early working.
Rooney noticed the ahead at shut quarters when he returned for a second spell at his boyhood membership and has praised the work performed by coach Duncan Ferguson in Calvert-Lewin’s improvement.
“Dominic at all times had it in him and the large query mark was whether or not he might rating persistently sufficient, however now that’s coming via recreation time,” Rooney continued.
“After I returned to Everton he was coming into his second season with the membership. I checked out him in coaching and thought ‘he has all the things’.
“He was fast, sturdy, good within the air. His solely downfall was he was snatching at probabilities however he was already working arduous to appropriate that and Duncan Ferguson deserves lots of credit score as a result of Duncan would at all times stick with him after coaching and provides him ending drills.”