Frank Lampard says Dominic Calvert-Lewin could break into the England World Cup squad if he maintains his Everton form. The Toffees bounced back from three consecutive defeats with a 3-0 victory over at Goodison Park last Saturday.

After missing a month of this season with a knee injury, and a large part of last season, the striker was back on the scoresheet against Palace in just his fourth appearance this season, but manager Frank Lampard says he has handled the frustration.

It’s a sign of better times Lampard is talking about an England comeback for his fit again striker: “It’s absolutely realistic without a doubt because he’s shown that he can be there before in major tournaments, playing for England and scoring goals for his country. Gareth will know exactly what he can do.”

With 4 goals in 11 England caps, Calvert-Lewin could be the missing piece to a promising but underachieving international front-line. With Gareth Southgate watching potential candidates closer than ever in anticipation of the World Cup.

Fulham currently sit five points above Everton. Lampard feels Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrović who has nine goals in 11 games this season, is proving to be the driving force behind the success.

“He’s a top-level player. As an all-round striker he’s really strong but crosses to him are a big threat.” He also gave credit to the team behind him “They’ve got good players, a good way of playing, and an energy in the team. We’re under no allusions of what type of game it’ll be, which it will be difficult.”

Lampard is optimistic for the season going forward and is impressed by the enthusiastic performance his team displayed on Saturday.

“We’re moving in a good direction, I thought we were really good out of possession last week in terms of our work ethic and organisation.” He closed, “I feel it’s been very positive throughout the season.”

Everton have won three of the previous five meetings between the two clubs.