Dominic Calvert-Lewin ‘ready to step into Harry Kane’s boots’ says Tony Cascarino, with England captain set to miss Belgium and Denmark games

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been hailed for his transformation into a goalscoring ‘predator’ by Tony Cascarino, who says the Everton star is ready to step into Harry Kane’s boots for England.

The Three Lions captain is a major doubt for Sunday’s Wembley Stadium clash against Belgium and may also miss Wednesday’s meeting against Denmark through injury.

Captain Kane is reportedly set to miss England’s next two games, but Cascarino insists they already have a perfect repalcement

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Captain Kane is reportedly set to miss England’s next two games, but Cascarino insists they already have a perfect repalcement

Kane sat out last week’s 3-0 win over Wales but is reported to have picked up a muscle injury in training on Saturday which may rule him out of the Nations League double header.

But Cascarino insists Gareth Southgate already has a ready-made replacement in Calvert-Lewin, who scored on his England debut on Thursday in the victory over the Welsh.

The Toffees hitman’s header at Wembley took his tally to an amazing ten goals in just seven appearances for club and country this season.

And Weekend Sports Breakfast host Cascarino says the 23-year-old is ready to become a key player for the Three Lions after learning the ‘art’ of what makes a true number nine.

“He’s shown great maturity and is improving week by week,” said the talkSPORT presenter and former Chelsea striker.

Calvert-Lewin has been ruthless this season, with six goals in four Premier League games for Everton

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Calvert-Lewin has been ruthless this season, with six goals in four Premier League games for Everton

“I loved him last season, Calvert-Lewin. I thought his first half of the season was tremendous and then lockdown happened and he came out and struggled to get a goal – that’s fantastic experience for him.

“But the manager still wanted him, he still wanted to improve his game and allow him to get better and it’s been a big learning curve for him.

“For him to hit the ground running this season is a massive difference for Calvert-Lewin; he really does look a player that’s full of confidence, knowing what he’s about and the type of goals he can score.

“Getting lots of goals inside the six yard box comes from really wanting to be a predator.

Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring against Wales with his debut England goal, a close-range header from Jack Grealish’s cross

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Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring against Wales with his debut England goal, a close-range header from Jack Grealish’s cross

Carlton Cole says Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the perfect back up for Harry Kane for England

“I wasn’t a very good goalscorer but played with many strikers who had great goalscoring records, and they all did things that got them in areas where they’d get goals on a regular basis. It’s not by coincidence, it was all about their positioning to just get the final nudge of the ball over the line.

“Calvert-Lewin is doing that now, and it’s what Harry Kane has been doing for the last few years as well.

“It’s being in the right place at the right time, but it’s also about getting away from a defender too. It’s a skill, it’s an art.”





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