England under manager Gareth Southgate have just returned from Russia following the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Southgate not only steered the side to a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990, but he even managed to get the English media onside which played a pivotal role in getting the nation to “fall in love” with the England football team once again.
England will now aim to qualify for the Euro 2020 tournament, which is being held across the entire continent, however, with various group games and the semi-finals and final behind held at Wembley, it almost feels as if football is “coming home”.
AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is aiming to try and break into that England squad alongside FIFA World Cup golden boot winner Harry Kane.
It can be argued that 26-year-old Wilson is one the most clinical finishers in the top flight of English football, but two severe knee injuries have thus far prevented him from showing his natural talent in the Premier League.
The first came just as he was set to be called up to the England squad.
Despite spending a combined total of around 15 months on the sidelines with the two knee injuries, he has still netted 19 times in 61 appearances.
In spells last season he showed he was back to his athletic best with his strength, power and pace all on show.
Wilson ended the 2017/18 campaign with 9 goals, including one on the final day of the season which ended a 12 game run without a goal.
With a full pre-season under his belt, we could be set to see Wilson at his very best and if he hits a bit of form, he could well be set to receive a call-up to the England squad.
Wilson told the Daily Echo…
“…it would be nice to represent my country but I think that is going to come from having a good pre-season, having a good start to the season, and focussing on Bournemouth.
“I have to make sure my performances are 10 out of 10 every week. That is when you get interest from the international manager. You have to focus on yourself first and, hopefully, that will fall into place.”
He was very up and down last season, falling behind Josh King’s level in my opinion.
I hope he can settle down and rediscover a consistent touch.
He’s presumably one of the club’s highest earners again with this, and as such would be expected to start regularly. – Join the conversation, click here.