Chris Sutton has claimed that Harry Kane has a serious challenger to his starting birth for England in the shape of Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Toffees man has started the season on fire, having scored nine goals in six matches for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in all competitions so far (transfermarkt.com).
The striker was handed his first Three Lions cap by Gareth Southgate against Wales on Thursday and he celebrated the occasion with a fine performance, including a well-taken goal.
Kane was rested for the friendly against Wales but is expected to come back into the side for today’s all-important Nations League clash against Belgium.
Sutton admitted that the idea of Calvert-Lewin pushing the England captain for a starting spot may have seemed like a ridiculous proposition a couple of months ago but insisted that Kane now has genuine competition for his place.
The pundit told The Daily Mail: “Calvert-Lewin looks strong, he’s at ease with his game.
“If you had asked me a couple of months ago if he’d be in serious contention to play for England, pushing Harry Kane, I’d have said absolutely not.
“But he is scoring goals, playing well for Everton. Gareth now has a really good headache. This might even push Harry Kane on a bit.
“Kane has been a centre forward for England without a challenger. If Calvert-Lewin carries this on, then he is a serious challenger.”
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It is funny how every season a new striker has been backed to take Kane’s spot in the team but the Spurs man always ends up showing his quality. The likes of Vardy, Wilson, Ings and Abraham have all been previously mentioned as competitors to Kane. In fairness, I believe Calvert-Lewin can potentially be better than all of those aforementioned names. He is an all-round number nine, with his ability to play with back to goal and hold up the ball. I can even see Southgate starting with both with Kane dropping into number ten role.
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