Men's Under 21s
Men's Under 21s

Dominic Calvert-Lewin named England Under-21 Player of the Year

Friday 18 Jan 2019
Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates after scoring against Andorra last year

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been selected as the 2018 England Men’s Under-21 Player of the Year by The FA’s broadcast partner BT Sport.

Calvert-Lewin was a key member of Aidy Boothroyd’s squad who booked their place at this summer’s UEFA U21 European Championship in Italy and San Marino with an undefeated qualifying record.

The Everton striker chalked up seven appearances and found the net on five occasions for the Young Lions in 2018.

A BT Sport panel consisting of Michael Owen, Chris Sutton, Adam Summerton, Lynsey Hipgrave and Matt Smith pulled together a shortlist which the 21-year-old Yorkshireman topped.

Calvert-Lewin said: “It's a pleasant surprise.

“I got the message on Thursday night to say that I had won so I'm delighted to receive such an accolade.

It's great for Harry to win the senior one and nice for me to get the Under-21 Player of the Year.

“I'd like to say a big thank-you to the panel at BT Sport. To get their appreciation and be recognised for what I have been doing is a great feeling. I am very grateful to them for giving me this award.

“It has been a productive year for me with England. We are building up to the European Championships now and working hard in preparation for that tournament.

“I have managed to get a few goals in the qualifiers and friendlies and I feel my form has been pretty good. I have tried to take that into the Premier League and kick on from there.

“This award gives me further motivation going into the second half of the season. It's a nice confidence boost so I’ll try to take that into my performances.

“It is a proud moment for a proud Englishman.”

Meanwhile Ellen White and Beth Mead were named the England Women’s Player and Young Player of the Year respectively at the 20th annual FA Women’s Football Awards last June.

By FA Staff