Callum Wilson says he was in constant contact with ‘incredible’ player before he signed for Newcastle
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Callum Wilson says he was in constant contact with ‘incredible’ player before he signed for Newcastle

Callum Wilson said he was always chatting with Kieran Trippier, even before he signed for Newcastle United.

Speaking on the ‘Lions’ Den’ show for the official England YouTube channel, the 30-year-old revealed how he became close to the Magpies star, before the right-back arrived on Tyneside.

“Me and Tripps built up a good relationship before, when I was in the squad previously, and that was before he joined Newcastle you know, so we always chat,” Wilson said.

“He joined Newcastle, we even got stronger and closer, and then we find ourselves travelling down to St George’s Park from Newcastle together. So, it’s nice to be sharing that experience with him you know.

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“He’s been to many tournaments before, whereas it’s my first major one and then yeah. We’re just sharing kind of experiences, bouncing things off each other, and he’s a good pro, he’s a good person to have around in the camp and he’s a leader, first and foremost.

“I think for him in the dressing room here, also at Newcastle you know, you can see them leadership qualities coming out in him and he’s one of the senior players in the camp.”

Agent Wilson?

Having seen the close-knit atmosphere between the squad at St James’ Park this season, the fact these two players get on so well comes as no surprise.

Ever since Eddie Howe arrived on Tyneside, there has been a different aura surrounding the club. Every single individual at Darsley Park wants to be there, and that is a credit to the manager.

Each and every game, the Magpies XI fight for the badge. This is most evident when they’re pictured backing each other during disputes, for which the Toon squad are fiercely strong.

Trippier encapsulates this. Since coming into Howe’s XI, there has been a huge step-up in leadership amongst the team.

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This has proven critical in the side’s development, and they’re now truly reaping the rewards.

If Wilson played any factor in getting his England teammate to St James’ Park, they should build a statue outside the stadium. As Howe says, Trippier has been ‘incredible’.

Maybe he can convince another of the Three Lions squad to make the Tyneside switch, whilst he’s out in Qatar.