Steve Bruce has been speaking to the media ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Southampton tomorrow evening, and Callum Wilson’s name was on the agenda.

The £20 million signing from Bournemouth has started his career at St James’ Park in blistering fashion.

The ex-Coventry striker has netted six goals in seven Premier League games for the Magpies, prompting a question regarding his chances of an England recall to pop up in Bruce’s press conference.


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As quoted by The Chronicle, the ex-Sunderland boss said: ‘We are all hoping that Callum gets into the England squad. It would be great recognition for him and Newcastle. Although there’s a bit of me that wants to give him a few days off.’

In that press conference, the Magpies boss also said his talisman has an ‘unbelievable knack’ of scoring goals from a short distance, highlighting his excellent goalscoring instinct.

As you can see in the first set of quotes, Bruce has outlined a difficult Catch-22 situation here.


Of course, it would be great to see a Newcastle player make it into Gareth Southgate’s England squad, something which could improve the 28-year-old’s confidence and morale on Tyneside.

However, the flip side of this Catch-22 is what Bruce alluded to – Wilson could get injured if he fails to rest during the international break.

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That is very likely. The Newcastle No.13’s game is based on running the channels tirelessly, often as the lone striker. Additionally, he has a worrying history with injuries.

Wilson has suffered two cruciate ligament ruptures since 2015, while he also missed eight games with a knee injury in 2018/19 according to Transfermarkt.

This situation is the true definition of a Catch-22.

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