By Mark Smith

7th Jun, 2021 | 8:05am

Chris Sutton: Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin is 'greatest' leaper ever

Chris Sutton has been left stunned by Everton star Dominic Calvert-Lewin after he started England’s 1-0 win over Romania.

The Toffees forward looked set to find the back of the net after winning a second penalty in the clash, only for Jordan Henderson to pull rank and miss the spot-kick.

Vlad Chiriches couldn’t handle Calvert-Lewin, and Sutton was amazed at just how high the forward could rise above those supposed to be marking him.

Writing in his Daily Mail column late on Sunday evening, Sutton was clearly amazed by the physical capabilities of the Toffees talisman.

“Calvert-Lewin is the greatest leaper since Les Ferdinand,” he said. “The Everton striker can beat anyone in the air.

“Before a thigh injury saw him drop out, Gareth Southgate called up Trent Alexander-Arnold who, despite an indifferent season at Liverpool, finished as the player with the most crosses in the Premier League in 2020-21.

“You imagine Southgate thought that Merseyside combination could have come in handy. Alexander-Arnold’s injury was unfortunate, but there remain good crossers, such as Kieran Trippier or Luke Shaw.”


It may look strenuous, but Calvert-Lewin can do this for every minute of every single game if needed and will be a real weapon for England in this major tournament.

The power that he can produce with little-to-no momentum at times is a joke, and Gareth Southgate will be wary of that if he ever needs someone to make a difference.

Harry Kane is the skipper and will start every single game without doubt, but having Calvert-Lewin beside him could lead to him picking up all the scraps in the box as defenders will have their minds set on stopping the Blues star.

There will be much better defenders at the EUROs, obviously, but we find it hard to imagine that there will be many who can handle Calvert-Lewin.

He is a menace, and we can’t wait to see one of our shine at a major tournament yet again, it has been far too long.

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