01 October 2020 04:37


Ancelotti explains Calvert-Lewin rise; provides Everton injury updates

Dominic Calvert-Lewin sent another reminder to Gareth Southgate on the eve of the England squad announcement as his hat-trick powered Everton into the last eight of the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 win over West Ham. The 23-year-old opening the scoring 11 minutes in and then made sure of victory with two more late on after Robert Snodgrass levelled and Richarlison restored Everton's lead. Richarlison would hobble off on the hour after an earlier injury for Jonjoe Kenny, the only blemish on the night for the Toffees as they made it six wins out of six to start the campaign. Southgate is due to name his squad on Thursday for upcoming games against Wales, Belgium and Denmark, and Calvert-Lewin must be firmly in the frame for a first senior cap after moving on to eight goals from five games. Carlo Ancelotti's new-look side would welcome some silverware as a sign of progress but also of intent, and there was plenty of the latter in the Italian's team selection as he included James Rodriguez, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin in a strong side. Michael Keane turned on some unexpected style to spin away from Manuel Lanzini before chipping a ball that all too easily floated over the West Ham defence, allowing Calvert-Lewin to take a touch before nonchalantly poking it beyond Darren Randolph.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring (Peter Byrne/PA) They might have added to the score before the break, but Randolph pushed a Richarlison shot on to the roof of the net after a good ball from the outstanding Allan, while the Brazilian was also denied by the assistant's flag. Richarlison had hit a post and Gylfi Sigurdsson brought a sharp save from Randolph before the hosts went back in front in the 56th minute, when Richarlison was allowed time and space to cut in from the left before a big deflection off Declan Rice saw his shot beat the goalkeeper. However, Calvert-Lewin would kill off the tie as he bundled home after Alex Iwobi's shot hit the post with 12 minutes left. The fourth was almost as easy as Sigurdsson found him in space in front of goal, and he side-footed home for his second hat-trick of the season. Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti opened up on how and why Dominic Calvert-Lewin has become such a feared centre forward, and allayed fears of lengthy lay-offs after a trio of players suffered injuries.

'Calvert-Lewin is on fire!' - Ancelotti backs Everton striker for England call-up manager Carlo Ancelotti praised "on fire" Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the striker scored his second hat-trick in the space of four matches. Calvert-Lewin made it eight goals from five games this term with his treble in Wednesday's 4-1 Carabao Cup last-16 victory over West Ham at Goodison Park. The 23-year-old opened the scoring in the 11th minute and added two more late on after team-mate Richarlison had cancelled out Robert Snodgrass' equaliser. Ancelotti suggested Calvert-Lewin is deserving of a first call-up to the squad when Gareth Southgate names his side on Thursday. He's really on fire and scoring a lot of goals," said Ancelotti of Calvert-Lewin, who also bagged a hat-trick against in the Premier League 11 days ago.

Calvert-Lewin, who has scored more goals than any other Premier League player in all competitions this term, is hopeful that he has done enough to win over England boss Southgate. "I've said many times before that it's my dream to play for England but I can't control that so I'm taking care of business at the moment to give myself the best chance to make the next step," he said. Former playmaker James Rodriguez set up Richarlison for's second goal and has now created 15 chances in four games since joining the club. "We've got players who are capable of scoring from different areas of the pitch which is very important," Calvert-Lewin added. The Toffees made it six wins from six across all competitions in the new season after sinking West Ham 4-1 in the EFL Cup. Their free-scoring frontline once again impressed, with Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison combining to score all four of Everton's goals.

Calvert-Lewin continued his remarkable form under the Italian, and Ancelotti pointed to how and why his centre-forward has improved so much in such a short space of time. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a superb goal as Everton beat West Ham United to book a spot in the next round of the Carabao Cup. Calvert-Lewin brilliantly opened the scoring at Goodison Park as Everton ran out 4-1 winners in the Carabao Cup Round of 16. Robert Snodgrass levelled just after the break with Richarlison putting his team back in the lead in the 56th minute. Calvert-Lewin then scored his second and third goal of the game as he completed his second hat-trick of the new season.