Dominic Calvert-Lewin's dad posts touching tribute to son after England debut goal 1 year ago

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's dad posts touching tribute to son after England debut goal

Tissues at the ready

As far as starts to a season go, few can claim to have had a better one than Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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While James Rodriguez might be credited as being the catalyst for Everton's 100% run to the Premier League summit, it's the 23-year-old who had provided the firepower with six goals in his first four outings.

Such form helped Calvert-Lewin earn his England debut against Wales on Thursday night, an occasion which he marked with a goal (of course he did).

Following this, an emotional Facebook post from his dad has swept across Twitter. Karlda Lewin pays tribute to his son's journey to the top, remembering how he bounced back from several knock-backs along the way. It's really lovely stuff; enough to bring a tear to anyone's eye.

'I remember him not making the England Victory Shield Squad at U16s, certain coaches and managers not rating him,' the post begins. 'Having to take a crying 6 year old boy home from his first trial as he was too shy to play. When knocked down, he gets back up. You're not allowed to stay down around here anyway.

'Rejection is often life's way of directing you to the path you're supposed to be on. If you hang around the barbers long enough, eventually you will get a trim.'

After thanking several of his coaches, he closes by saying how proud he is of his son's achievements.

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'Dominic Nathaniel Calvert-Lewin, England debut scorer and reward for the hard yards done. Tonight belongs to you. Congratulations son. I love you and I am beyond proud.'