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In an otherwise fairly dreary 1-0 England friendly win over Austria, Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin revealed he has the power of flight.
That's the only reasonable explanation for his towering second-half leap, from a standing start, that saw him get so much height he actually clipped defender Aleksandar Dragovic's head with his shin, giving away a free-kick.
It was an absolutely gigantic leap that resulted in a yellow card for Calvert-Lewin (although many on Twitter wondered why when he hadn't really impeded Dragovic, just jumped clean over him).
Calvert-Lewin has serious bounce...:astonished::hushed:#ENGAUS pic.twitter.com/XBv5LaK7rA
- Somebody (@AriesBredrin) June 2, 2021
Either way, the 24-year-old England forward clearly has springs instead of his knees judging by just how much height he was able to get on his leap.
Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his soaring headers, where he appears to hang in the air. But we're not sure even Ronaldo has ever leapt this high with hardly a run-up.
Calvert Lewin booked for attempting to go into orbit pic.twitter.com/anBVoFhECt
- Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? (@PoorEPLreferees) June 2, 2021
That Dominic Calvert-Lewin can jump the height of a human without much exertion suggests he's wasted in football and that the Olympics are calling pic.twitter.com/IKBDTe7bvB
- Katie Whyatt (@KatieWhyatt) June 2, 2021
did we just witness Dominic Calvert-Lewin flying?
- jawdat (@jawdatnejim) June 2, 2021
Dominic-Calvert-Lewin booked for jumping for a header... :flushed:
- TheMightyBlues (@MightyBluesYT) June 2, 2021
Who put springs in Dominic Calvert-Lewin's boots? pic.twitter.com/kVuQZzmy4r
- International Champions Cup (@IntChampionsCup) June 2, 2021
So if we've learnt one thing tonight, it's that Dominic Calvert-Lewin can jump weirdly high. pic.twitter.com/ok7Sa6TzzF
- Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) June 2, 2021
It was a rare talking point in an otherwise prosaic match, settled by Bukayo Saka's second-half goal (the Arsenal teenager's first for England).
The lack of any Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United players (given extra time off after playing in European finals for their clubs), meant that it wasn't quite a first-choice England XI for Gareth Southgate.
The Starboy strikes!
Massive congratulations on your first @England goal, @BukayoSaka87 :clap:#Arsenal ' #ThreeLions pic.twitter.com/pUAOgSwL8z
- ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 2, 2021
Calvert-Lewin arrived on 62 minutes, replacing Harry Kane. And four minutes later he at least gave the 8,500 fans at the Riverside something to watch as he tried to jump clean over an actual, standing footballer to win the ball.
Solution: just start pumping 12-foot-high balls into the box for DCL to find with his head at the Euros, lads. A tactic which cannot fail.
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