Bad for Brighton’s Glenn Murray, good for Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin

England vs Holland & Italy

It’s less than 100 days until the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia.

England, of course, have been drawn against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

A crucial international break this month is about to afford Gareth Southgate an opportunity to hone his squad before Russia.

The Three Lions take on Holland and Italy on March 23 and 27.

Neither the Dutch nor the Azzurri qualified for World Cup.

Call up for Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin

According to the Times on Thursday, Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin is set to be a surprise call-up in the next England squad.

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The Everton forward has started just one Premier League game in 2018.

He’s also only scored once in 2018: a consolation in the 5-1 defeat at Arsenal.

Calvert-Lewin has four goals and four assists in 17 Premier League appearances this season.

So why is he getting an England call-up? The Times claim:

Southgate has a shortage of strikers performing at club level with Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy leading the charge and has made a point of promoting youth.

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Brighton’s Glenn Murray

Earlier in the week the rumour was that 34-year-old Brighton striker Glenn Murray could be in line for an England call-up.

That rumour was spun by the Sun, after Murray’s incredible recent scoring run.

Murray has scored 11 Premier League goals for the Seagulls this campaign, and he’s likely to be a key reason why Brighton will stay up this year.

However, the Times’s report on Calvert-Lewin would suggest Murray’s call up wont happen.

For the record, Gareth Southgate will announce his next England squad next Thursday.

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