Callum Wilson believes he is ‘getting better’ with age, refusing to give up on his England career after taking inspiration from two top strikers.
Wilson has revealed how Leicester City star Jamie Vardy is a ‘role model’ for him, being a former non-league player who has taken his game to the next level during his 30’s.
Another name the 29-year-old striker looks up to is Bayern superstar Robert Lewandowski, with Wilson seeing the record-breaking Pole as proof you can get better with time – not ‘start slowing down’.
Here’s what our top scorer told FourFourTwo, revealing he’s intent on adding to his four caps for England and improving every year as he approaches 30:
“I suppose there are similarities between myself and Jamie Vardy,”
“What he’s achieved at Leicester is pretty unbelievable, and credit to him – he always says how proud he is of his background.
“But the most impressive thing about him is the sheer number of goals he’s scored since he reached 30.
“For someone in his twenties, he is a terrific role model – living proof that 30 can be the beginning of something in your career and not the end.
“It’s the same with Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga. He’s still breaking record at an age that everyone used to say was when a striker starts slowing down.
“As far as I’m concerned, that’s when you are quickening up because your football intelligence is so much greater than it was as a kid.
“At the highest level, scoring goals is as much about what goes on in the head as on the grass.
“I do believe that I am getting better as a striker.
“I certainly haven’t given up on my England career – I’d love to add to the four caps I won before the pandemic.
“Lockdown came at the worst possible time for me, but I feel like I have some unfinished business there.”
One thing that has stood out about Wilson since he arrived last summer is his hunger to be the best player he can be, with him recently telling NUFC TV that he’s happy to end 2020/21 our top scorer but determined to score much more next season.
If he can stay fit, I see no reason why Wilson can’t become a 15-20 goal striker in the Premier League – especially if he has Allan Saint-Maximin supplying him for another season!