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Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his 13th goal for club and country on Thursday when he scored from the penalty spot for England to seal their friendly 3-0 victory over Republic of ‘Ireland at Wembley.

When the Three Lions received the free kick, the in-form Blues ace had no qualms about taking responsibility.

“The pressure that comes with being a number nine is that sometimes if you don’t score you’re not fit to wear the boots, but if you score you’re just doing your job.

“So far my experience has taught me to control what I can control, the rest will take care of itself.

“There will be times when there will be hollows in the form, there will be times when I reach heights.

“I was told I was on penalties before the game, so as soon as Bukayo fell, I caught the ball.

“I have no problem taking penalties. I also want to take them for my club.

“It was a chance to show my ability. I am completely confident by the minute.

“If I didn’t believe it, the circumstances might have got the better of me. When you are in many games without scoring a goal, your confidence may be low.

“You can start to shift your focus away from what you can control and what is really important.

“I always believed that this moment would come. It was just a matter of momentum and confidence. You look at what happened: Carlo arrives, works with Dunc.

“They gave me that confidence from off the field, which maybe I needed.

“I always believe things happen for a reason and I wouldn’t change my course at all.

“I’m happy with the way it went and happy to be here now. It made me the person and the player that I am today.


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