Danny Murphy slams Dominic Calvert-Lewin after England win v Romania

Former Premier League midfielder and talkSPORT pundit Danny Murphy has slammed Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin for his body language against Romania.

The English striker won the penalty that could have given the Three Lions a two-goal lead against Romania on Sunday evening.

Many expected him to take it, but captain Jordan Henderson took advantage of his seniority and opted to step up for the spot kick.

The Liverpool man ended up missing, and Calvert-Lewin wasn’t there to capitalise on the rebound to make it 2-0.

Rather than blaming it on poor positioning, Murphy opted to take a different route. He said on talkSPORT, “He [Henderson] flexed his muscles. I’m the captain.

“You’ve got to be careful. You need to understand what your place is. When Jordan is taking the penalty, Calvert-Lewin has his hands on his hips, he doesn’t go for the rebound because he’s sulking he didn’t take it.

“He’s had a wonderful season but he should be thankful he’s there.”


It seems pundits will say just about anything these days to generate views. Murphy’s totally out of order when he’s assessing the player’s body language and mentality.

This would’ve been an ideal opportunity for Calvert-Lewin to prove a point to Gareth Southgate, and he would’ve wanted to score any kind of goal he could.

To say that he intentionally didn’t score because Henderson didn’t let him take the penalty is absolutely baffling.

One could make an argument about Calvert-Lewin’s position, and he’ll be the first one to tell you that he’s got it wrong.

But he is the kind of striker that smells a goal every time he steps onto the pitch and to say he doesn’t have the right attitude is an absolute joke.

To add to that, he says the striker is lucky to be where he is, after having such an unbelievable season that Southgate was forced to make space for him in his team.


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