Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Is being involved with England enough for Wilson?

Callum Wilson will be in Gareth Southgate's squad tonight but it is another matter whether he can add to his number of England starts. At the weekend he sat through the 90 minutes against Bulgaria on the bench, while Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling took the plaudits for a stunning England show of forward power, which Southgate described as World class.
Callum hopes to get off the sidelines for England.
So where does that leave Callum Wilson? He has done nothing wrong and everything right in the appearances he has played for England. He does not play for a big club and has perhaps scored as many goals as he would have liked since the start of the season, but his desire to play for his country is clearly important for him. How many opportunities he'll get is something he might not be able to control.

While Southgate could choose to rest players that have put England on the brink of qualification for the European Championships, it is hard to see Southgate taking his foot off the gas now and giving the likes of Wilson and former AFC Bournemouth defender, Tyrone Mings a start. Perhaps if England are 5-0 up by half-time against Kossovo he could give some players an outing. But Kossovo are by no means push overs and are lying second in the group on eight points, one behind England have played one more game.

As well as form, star players and the group situation being against the inclusion of Wilson, the Bournemouth forward may be thinking that he really needs to get some minutes, because of the form of others like James Maddison, Jadon Sancho, Callum-Hudson Odoi and Tammy Abraham, who are all ready to stake places as attacking players. Of course, Wilson would like to thought of Southgate's first substitute if he can't start, but even that is by no means a certainty with such a crop of young talent coming through. Callum may just have to start banging in a lot more goals for Bournemouth before he pushes himself up the rankings in Gareth Southgate's mind.

1 comment:

  1. Whilst being a big Callum Wilson fan I don’t think he is firing on all cylinders this season. He is not getting in the danger areas often enough and is giving away too many petty fouls.

    Unfortunately (for Callum) Tammy Abraham has looked good this season and if I was Gareth Southgate I would be looking at Tammy as first substitute tonight.