Dominic Calvert-Lewin reckons that young English players can't be criticised for trying their luck in Germany but Everton's ambitious plans for the future make him keen to continue his progress with the Blues.

Calvert-Lewin's Goodison Park team-mate Ademola Lookman was one of seven young Englishmen turning out in the Bundesliga last season through his loan spell at RB Leipzig – along with Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho; Wolfsburg's Kaylen Hinds; Augsburg's Kevin Danso; Liverpool's Ryan Kent who was on loan at Freiburg and Borussia Monchengladbach loan pair Reece Oxford of West Ham United and Crystal Palace's Mandela Egbo.

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Sancho – whose form in Germany earned him a place in the England team – has now been joined this term by Arsenal's Reiss Nelson who is on loan at Hoffenheim while champions Bayern Munich have offered £35million for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi – a player with just three Premier League appearances to his name to date.

Asked if such players should stay put and try and prove themselves in England like him, Calvert -Lewin said: “Not at all. I think you have to respect the confidence that they have in themselves to go abroad and back their ability – especially at such a young age.

“You look at Jadon Sancho and Reiss Nelson now in the Bundesliga, it's paying off for them because they're getting exposed to first team football.

Dortmund's Jadon Sancho plays the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018

“The Premier League is a competitive league where strikers can be brought in for x amount of pounds and it might block your pathway as a young player.

“To go abroad, if it gives you the opportunity to play at the highest level in that country then I think it's a no-brainer.”

As a player who came up through the English game the hard way – spending the night in A&E after receiving an elbow in his face on his senior debut for non-league Stalybridge Celtic on loan from Sheffield United – Calvert-Lewin is grateful for the opportunity he now has at an Everton side whose club hierarchy outlined their ambitions at last week's General Meeting .

As someone who could be in his prime by the time the Blues plan to move to Bramley-Moore Dock, he wants a piece of the action.

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Bramley-Moore Stadium

Calvert-Lewin said: “It's exciting moving forward and the club wants to go on to bigger and better things.

“With the new stadium and the way that the club is talking, it's exciting for anyone to be at the club but especially someone like me who at my age hopefully has got a career in front of me.

“To be here now and doing what I'm doing it gives me confidence.”

A couple of months shy of his 22 birthday now, the England Under-20s World Cup winner, already believes his days of considering himself a youngster are over.

He said: “I have to think of myself as a senior player now. I think you have to be when you're leading the line for Everton.

“You've got to grow into your shoes and carry that weight on your shoulders.

“If you still believe you're a young kid, it's hindering me so if I'm big enough to be exposed in that situation then I'm old enough to take whatever comes with it – that's the way I kind of see it.”