Anthony Gordon says he is focussing on making it into Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad, while also insisting he was never “desperate” to leave Everton in the summer.

The England Under-21 international has begun the season sharply under club manager Frank Lampard and has scored two Premier League goals so far for the Merseyside club.

Gordon played 71 minutes for England’s Under-21s in their 3-1 win over Germany, setting up the opening two goals, and he now says he is fully concentrating on trying to book his place on the plane to Qatar with the senior national team.

He said: “They’re always auditions, particularly in the under-21s. If I didn’t have that ambition (to play in Qatar) I’d be a bit stupid, but I understand the squad is so good it’s going to be tough to get in.

“I’m 100 per cent focused on making the World Cup squad. If it doesn’t happen, it’s out of my control but I’ll give it my best try. To get there, I’m going to need to score a lot of goals but I’m ready for the challenge and hopeful.”