Callum Wilson has revealed his “long-term goal” at Newcastle United during an interview with former club Coventry City – to work his way back into the England squad.
The former Bournemouth man has hit the ground running on Tyneside, scoring four goals in as many Premier League games, and he admits that he is desperate to get into Gareth Southgate’s side ahead of next year’s Euros.
He last featured for the Three Lions exactly a year ago in our 6-0 thrashing of Bulgaria, but has been overlooked in recent times following the Cherries’ disappointing season that ultimately ended in relegation.
Here is what he told Coventry’s official site:
“For me the long term goal is to try and get into the European Championship squad which is why I wanted to take this opportunity that arose to come back into the Premier League.
“I’ve left a lot of friends behind in the Bournemouth squad but with the Euro’s coming up I definitely feel that I need to hit the ground running and ultimately that will hopefully lead to me getting back into the England squad.”
It will be a big ask for Wilson to make the England squad considering the options we (England) now have in his position.
Southgate likes to play with one central striker and Harry Kane is obviously the undisputed number one choice as captain. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is in frightening form at Everton and the resurgence of Danny Ings has seen Wilson pushed right down the pecking order.
Marcus Rashford can also play through the middle and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is also in Southgate’s plans, so chances for him look slim – but not impossible.
A good thing for us is he clearly has an objective in mind and the only way he can achieve that is by scoring goals for us.
Wilson will have to hit big numbers for NUFC across 2020/21 for him to be selected in Southgate’s squad, however he might just force his way in if he can keep up his early-season form at St James’ Park!