Ian Wright has picked out the England star he wants to have a “moment” in the Euro 2020 final to “bring it home for the country”.
The Three Lions face Roberto Mancini’s Italy in the final of Euro 2020 on Sunday evening at Wembley.
Gareth Southgate’s men beat Germany, Ukraine and Denmark to reach the final of the tournament.
Harry Kane was struggling for form and goals during the group stages. But he has been back close to his best during the knockout stages. He has four goals from England’s last three games.
This puts him one goal behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrick Schick in the race for the Golden Boot.
But Wright has picked out Calvert-Lewin as the player he wants to play a deciding role in the final. During the latest episode of his Wrighty’s House podcast, he suggested that something is “written” for the Everton striker to make the difference in the final:
“I was thinking the other day, ‘I wonder who it’s going to be?’ If I could pick someone and say ‘you know what, I want you to have the moment where you bring it home for the country’.
“It would be Calvert-Lewin. It would be him because of the season he has had. The problems he has had coming through. When Lukaku left, ‘Oh, we have to buy a centre-forward, we have to find a centre-forward. We’ll never replace Lukaku’.
“Then he has played. He didn’t score goals. Then people will say things like ‘well, he’s never going to score enough goals’.
“Listen, man came with it last season. He got himself into this position. And I don’t believe that’s for no reason at all. There is something, for me, written for that guy to do. I feel that.”
“If Tottenham lose Kane they need to go after somebody like Calvert-Lewin. He is a player who can lead the line.
“Spurs will have to invest heavily in a number nine if Kane goes. They will have to go deep into their pockets to find a replacement, that’s for sure.
“Go and test Everton’s resolve. Go and put in a massive bid because Calvert-Lewin is someone who I think is capable of taking over from Kane.”