Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Has the World Cup plane left without Callum Wilson this summer?

Callum Wilson did not get picked this time in Gareth Southgate's squad to face the Netherland and Italy and he and one or two others like Jermain Defoe and Glenn Murray may be smarting from missing out at the moment when a World Cup is right on the door step. But it will be just as important to see how players who have not been selected this time react in the closing Premier League games, as those who already think they are in the plane already.
Will Callum Wilson have a last minute say in an England call up this summer?
If Wilson can get on a run of goals he can only do himself good. It may be that this World Cup has just come six months to early for him and he has to sit it out. He can probably count himself unlucky if that is the case, but if Southgate only takes four out-and-out strikers there is not much room if we count Kane, Vardy and Rashford as nailed on choices.

Danny Welbeck has started to score goals at the right time and may be the favourite to be the fourth striker and the attacking midfielders like Raheem Sterling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dele Ali and Raheem Sterling may help make it easier for Southgate to leave out alternative striker options, if he prefers to promote one of his attacking-midfielders further forward. Current indications are that he is willing to do this.
If such thoughts are how Southgate is viewing matters it is perhaps the next Euros that are a more likely target for Callum Wilson. He really needs to have a big season behind him going int a major competition and by not going to Russia it may actually be more of a spur to Wilson than, if he was on the plane, but didn't see any football. Whatever the outcome this summer, I am confident that Wilson will at some stage force his way into the national team and I can see it happening quite quickly, if Wilson can find his top form at the end of this season and at the start of the 2018-19 season.

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