Michail Antonio urges Southgate to select Newcastle star for the World Cup
'No other': Michail Antonio urges Gareth Southgate to take Newcastle star to the World Cup
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'No other': Michail Antonio urges Gareth Southgate to take Newcastle star to the World Cup

Taking to The Footballer’s Football Podcast, West Ham United forward Michail Antonio has claimed Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson should be included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.

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With the tournament just around the corner with its first kick-off in three-weeks time, the Three Lions manager will be looking to finalise the last few players for his squad.

With four goals in eight games, Wilson’s strong start to the Premier League season has made a compelling case for him to have a seat on the plane to Qatar.

Having last stepped foot on a pitch in an England shirt back in October 2019, the 30-year-old is hoping he has earned his spot in the squad after missing out on Euro 2020 selection.

Antonio urges Southgate to take Wilson

Taking to The Footballer’s Football Podcast, Antonio has urged the Three Lions boss to include Wilson in his World Cup Squad. As quoted, the Jamaica international claimed: “I’m going to break routine. If you go off stats, there is no other striker better than Callum, other than Harry Kane.

“When he is fit his stats alone show one in two, one in three, there is no other striker in the Premier League right now doing that.

“If he’s fit and raring to go and is playing the way he’s playing, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in the squad.”

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To the misfortune of the former Bournemouth man and probably to the delight of many Magpies fans, the 30-year-old was not included in Southgate’s most recent squad for England’s Nations League fixtures.

Alongside captain Harry Kane, Tammy Abraham and Ivan Toney completed the side’s trio of strikers. While it may be arguable that Wilson deserves a spot on the plane, it currently appears he is set to miss out on the tournament.

If Wilson does fail to be selected, it will come as upsetting news for the Toon number nine, but Newcastle manager Eddie Howe may secretly be relieved his player will not be subjected to potential injury scares, given his questionable fitness record.