What Sean Dyche told Dominic Calvert-Lewin after 'loving' Everton sign

Sean Dyche shouts and gestures during the Premier League match between <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Everton FC;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Everton FC</a> and <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Liverpool FC;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Liverpool FC</a> at Goodison Park on March 16, 2024 -Credit:Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside via Getty Image

Sean Dyche told Dominic Calvert-Lewin his Merseyside derby display was of the level that could have him back in contention for the England squad.

The 27-year-old has endured consecutive seasons blighted by injury and frustration but produced a battling display that saw him cause chaos in the Liverpool backline.

His second half header turned the hope inside Goodison Park into belief as it doubled a lead Everton rarely looked like surrendering.

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Calvert-Lewin added to his recent goals against Newcastle United and Burnley to send Goodison wild with celebration. He was a menace to the opposition defence and thought he had won a first half penalty before the move was pulled back for an offside.

Dyche praised him for his all-round play - including his desire to try and snatch Everton’s opener from Jarrad Branthwaite.

After the match. Dyche said: “He was first class. I said to him afterwards that that was the sort of performance where, if he can get that consistency, that is what gets people talking about you and gets you around that England team. That was a first class performance against top players and a top side. The hold-up play, the controlled aggression, the commitment to get hold of the ball and fight for it but also his finishing.

"I loved Jarrad’s goal - he [Calvert-Lewin] is sprinting on the line to toe it in. I love that from strikers. You want them to be hungry to score goals. That is a sign he is on top, that is a sign he is active. I love that. And then his header is a fantastic header.”