DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN grabbed his first England double as the Three Lions ran out 5-0 winners against minnows San Marino at Wembley.
But the Everton striker also gathered attention online with his bizarre shin pads.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin wore tiny shin pads against San MarinoCredit: Reuters
Calvert-Lewin tormented San MarinoCredit: Rex
While all footballers are obliged to wear shin guards, some stretch the rules to the very limit.
Jack Grealish famously wears small children’s pads.
But Calvert-Lewin has taken it to a new level.
Undeterred by the prospect of facing tackles from semi-pro cloggers, DCL turned out for England with two tiny specs covering his shins.
And it didn’t go unnoticed by fans.
One joked: “It is in the rule book that players must wear shinpads in professional games, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin has stuffed a pair of Nokia 3210’s down his socks and that ladies and gentlemen is why he will never be injured.”
While another wrote: “Calvert-Lewin ain’t wearing shinpads, that’s 20 B&H blue in each sock.”
A third added: “Calvert-Lewin uses a Nokia flip phone as shinpads.”
The Everton striker scored twice against the European minnowsCredit: Alamy
Jack Grealish also famously wears small shin padsCredit: AFP
And a fourth jibed: “Calvert-Lewin wears custard creams for shin pads, pass it on.”
The Toffees star actually has form for this, after eagle-eyed fans spotted him wearing tiny shin pads against Burnley in December.
A fan at the time quipped: “Calvert Lewin has calculators for shin pads.”
Whatever he’s doing this season appears to be working, however, having catapulted himself into the England lineup.
Calvert-Lewin has scored 14 goals in 25 Premier League appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
And he has bagged four goals in his first six England caps, having made his debut against Wales in October.
Calvert-Lewin also wore tiny shin pads against BurnleyCredit: AFP
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