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Dominic Calvert-Lewin says Carlo Ancelotti’s “great” approach at Everton has helped him become a top scorer.

The 23-year-old is the top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues across all competitions, with nine in six games across all competitions for the Toffees, and was named Premier League Player of the Month in September.

Calvert-Lewin also marked his England debut against Wales on Tuesday with the opening goal, headed off a Jack Grealish cross to set up a 3-0 win at Wembley.

The former Sheffield United youth has played with various coaches at Everton, including Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and Duncan Ferguson, as well as Ancelotti.

However, the arrival of the Italian has really brought Calvert-Lewin to life. Since Ancelotti took over on December 22 last year, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (18) has scored more Premier League goals than the Everton forward.

However, Calvert-Lewin says there is nothing specific about Ancelotti’s tactics that have helped him thrive, insisting that it is primarily about confidence.

“He hasn’t given me anything massive to think about, but his whole personality, how cool and calm and collected he is, it means that he is a man that I enjoy playing with,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports.

“He is a good guy, above all, I think he is very important. It filled me with confidence immediately. For a coach who has achieved what he has and has worked with great players, that gave me a huge boost.

“In the system that Everton is playing, it has allowed me to be more focused on being the focal point of the team and doing my job, which is to score goals.”

Calvert-Lewin is now fighting for a starting spot on Sunday when England meet Belgium in the Nations League.

“I enjoyed the chance against Wales and if they call me I’ll be ready,” he said. “There is a great deal of quality within the team. If you look at the players who are not classified as the starting eleven, they are great figures for their club teams, so there is competition for places within the team.

“It is a very proud moment to represent your country and we all want to play. That competitiveness brings more quality to the players. I need to be constant, I don’t look too far into the future, I only influence what I can affect. Being ready in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the back of the net ”.

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