A huge honour to be announced in the @england squad today!! Days like this just prove that no matter what obstacles you face in life, you can always bounce back and more!! ???????????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/kB5rChuvhy
— Callum Wilson (@CallumWilson) November 8, 2018
AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been named in the England squad for the two internationals this week.
The first is the glorified Wayne Rooney testimonial match on Thursday, the second is the UEFA Nations League game against Croatia.
Whilst it is nice for the Wayne Rooney foundation to be supported via the international friendly match at Wembley against the United States of America, it is a shame that the Football Association and England manager Gareth Southgate have opted to actually name Rooney in the squad for the game.
The 33-year-old retired from international football in August 2017 one cap short of 120. He now looks set to receive this cap, however, undermined the honour will feel having opted for the easy end to a career in America’s Major League Soccer.
His place in the side could also take away a key chance for Callum Wilson, as Southgate could well have been minded to do any experimenting in this game rather than the game against Croatia on Sunday.
On form, Wilson has earned his call-up to the international fold, his performances thus far during the 2018/19 Premier League campaign making it almost impossible for Southgate to omit him.
10 – @CallumWilson has been directly involved in 10 Premier League goals this season (6 goals, 4 assists); only Raheem Sterling has been involved in more amongst English players (11). Deserved. pic.twitter.com/fV1SmtRzn0
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2018
England manager Gareth Southgate told the press conference, as quoted by afcb.co.uk…
“Callum is a striker we’ve worked with briefly in the under-21s, so we know plenty about him, He’s a threat in behind and has contributed both goals and assists this season.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to have a look at him in training and to see how he fits in to what we do. It’ll also be good for him to get a feel of working with the rest of the team.
“I think part of being a footballer is showing the resilience to come back from injuries and rejection.
“Callum has had that with injury, but he’s got back to a really good levels and has been a key part to Bournemouth’s season so far. He has earned the right to a call up.
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— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) November 5, 2018
Brilliant – I doubt a player has ever been more deserving after his hard work and attitude both on and off the pitch, and keeping himself motivated and positive during those horrific injuries. – Join the conversation, click here.