‘Why I play football’ – DCL makes emotional admission after 2-2 draw

After scoring a penalty during Everton’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City, Dominic Calvert-Lewin expressed that celebrating a goal in front of the Everton fans is the reason he plays football, writes the LiverpoolEcho.

The striker has had two injury-riddled seasons and made a comeback at the King Power Stadium after battling a troublesome hamstring injury that kept him out for over two months. Though his return to scoring was not enough for Everton to secure three crucial points in their relegation battle, it was a positive sign for a player who is essential to the club’s aspirations.

After being fouled by Timothy Castagne, Calvert-Lewin converted a penalty to score Everton’s first goal against Leicester City, which was followed by celebrations in front of the away supporters. Despite losing club captain Seamus Coleman to injury and going behind, Everton fought back and secured a 2-2 draw. Speaking after the match, Calvert-Lewin expressed his delight at scoring the penalty and being able to celebrate with the fans again. He revealed that he was not nervous during the penalty kick and credited his preparation for the moment. Despite his injury setbacks, Calvert-Lewin remained determined to score goals and contribute to the team. He stated that the fans’ love for the game was one of the reasons why he loved playing football and scoring goals in front of them was an indescribable feeling.

He said: “That is all I cling onto. You have to keep believing those moments are going to come because if you don’t it is a long road back. I’ve had a fair few setbacks but I am here now.”

“I’ve missed it so much, it’s why I play football – for the sheer emotion and my love of the game and the fans’ love of the game. There is no better feeling than scoring a goal and celebrating in front of the fans and I have missed that.”