Gareth Southgate has named his first England squad since the World Cup, and it does not include Callum Wilson.
Newcastle‘s number nine Wilson was part of the England team that went to Qatar, where they were beaten by eventual runners up France in the quarter finals.
The 31-year-old made two substitute appearances at the World Cup, providing an assist for Jack Grealish in the Three Lions’ first game against Iran.
Now England will turn their attentions to Euro 2024, with Southgate’s side set to kick off their qualifying campaign next week. During the upcoming international break, England take on Italy and Ukraine as they look to book their place at the tournament in Germany next year.
However, they will be beginning the qualifying campaign without Wilson.
Callum Wilson not included in England squad
Southgate has made changes to the squad that he took to the World Cup. Wilson is one of the players who has missed out.
The £20million forward has not been included in the 25-man group, with Ivan Toney seemingly taking his place.
The decision to drop Wilson comes as no real surprise. While he did brilliantly to earn his place on the plane last winter, he has seriously struggled since domestic football resumed. Wilson has scored seven goals for Newcastle this season, six of which came before the World Cup.
His only goal since Christmas came in the 1-1 draw to West Ham, and it now looks like Alexander Isak is ahead of him in the Toon pecking order.
Wilson will have ambitions of winning his place back at Newcastle, while he won’t give up on his international dream either. He will only be 32 when the Euros kick off next year, and he will believe he can be part of Southgate’s squad once more.
It will take a tremendous effort from the striker, who did remarkably well to be included in the World Cup squad.
While Wilson misses out, two of his Newcastle teammates have retained their place. Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier are included in Southgate’s latest squad.