Calvert-Lewin has scored 10 goals for his club this season, including seven in the league. Former Everton striker Rooney put the 23-year-old’s fast start down to him leading the line regularly under Ancelotti.
“Before, Dominic would come into Everton’s side, play four-five games, then be taken out again. That happened every season since his debut in 2016… Sometimes you just need to get past that,” Rooney wrote in his column for The Sunday Times.
“I’ve always thought young lads from the north have to work harder to get their England opportunities than boys from the big southern clubs. I felt Calvert-Lewin deserved his chance before Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.”
Calvert-Lewin has scored in each of the opening five league games this season and will look to continue that run when Everton visit Southampton on Sunday.