Newcastle United head coach Eddie Howe mentioned the media ought to “by no means write off” Callum Wilson making a late run for England’s World Cup squad.
Wilson scored twice in three Premier League appearances in the beginning of the season, solely to undergo a thigh damage in an exhilarating 3-3 draw with Manchester Metropolis on August 21.
The 30-year-old has been affected by persistent damage points since he joined Newcastle from Howe’s former membership Bournemouth in 2020, with the Magpies spending a club-record price on Alexander Isak late within the switch window to bolster their attacking choices.
Wilson is nearing a return, however Newcastle’s assembly with Bournemouth on Saturday is prone to come too quickly, whereas the damage additionally dashed any possibilities of him making Gareth Southgate’s ultimate England squad earlier than the World Cup.
The final of Wilson’s three caps got here in November 2019, however Howe believes the striker might nonetheless be an possibility for Southgate heading to Qatar.
“I really feel for Callum as a result of he’s not within the England squad,” Howe mentioned in a press convention on Friday.
“However it is going to simply gas his motivation, it is going to hearth him much more, so when Callum returns to our crew he’ll present how good he’s.
“I feel there’s time for Callum to make the World Cup squad, and I do know Gareth feels the identical.
“What does he should do? He has to return and rating and be constant in his availability. Possibly he has to have a little bit of luck someplace else to make that aircraft.”
One in every of Wilson’s potential rivals for a spot is Brentford ahead Ivan Toney, who acquired a maiden worldwide call-up on Thursday.
Toney excelled in Brentford’s first Premier League marketing campaign final season, scoring 12 objectives because the Bees comfortably stayed up.
Solely Manchester Metropolis star Erling Haaland (11) has been immediately concerned in additional Premier League objectives than Toney this season (seven), with the Brentford striker averaging a objective or help each 77 minutes, in comparison with one each 171 minutes final time period.
Toney performed for Newcastle between 2015 and 2018, however made solely two league appearances for the membership, having six mortgage spells at 4 separate golf equipment earlier than leaving completely for Peterborough United.
Howe thinks Newcastle, underneath sporting director Dan Ashworth, are actually nicely set to keep away from repeating such errors.
He mentioned: “I’d like to suppose that wouldn’t occur now. That’s not a criticism of anybody right here at the moment; why Ivan left, I don’t know.
“However while you watch him play now and see his attributes and what he can carry to his crew, he’s an impressive participant.
“His England call-up is a good factor for those who drop into the decrease leagues. It provides them hope that it’s not the top of their goals.”