Shearer thinks Howe will secretly hope Wilson doesn't go to the World Cup
Shearer predicts what Howe will secretly think about Wilson going to the World Cup
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Shearer predicts what Howe will secretly think about Wilson going to the World Cup

Alan Shearer thinks Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson should go to the World Cup – but has predicted that Eddie Howe will hope his player’s dream doesn’t become a reality.

The 30-year-old was absolutely fantastic in the Magpies’ 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Wilson scored twice, meaning he now has six goals from nine Premier League games.

He has an impressive tally so far, and will have impressed England boss Gareth Southgate, who was in attendance at St James’ Park.

Wilson hasn’t represented his country since 2019, but it feels like he is in genuine contention to be recalled very soon and go to the World Cup in Qatar.

The striker is constantly talking about his international ambitions, and made a real statement on the pitch on Saturday.

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Now former England striker and Newcastle legend Shearer has had his say on whether or not Wilson should be called up by Southgate.

Shearer on Wilson’s World Cup ambitions

Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer stated that he thinks Wilson has to go to the World Cup with England.

“He’s had injury problems, there’s no denying that,” he said.

“But if he’s fit then for me he has to go because he provides something different.”

But while Shearer thinks Wilson should go, he also believes that Toon boss Howe will have his own reservations.

The pundit wrote on Twitter: “Don’t think Eddie Howe would say it but he would be ok if Callum didn’t go because of his injuries!!!”

Shearer might be right about Howe

Of course, Howe would never publicly say that he hopes his star striker doesn’t go to the World Cup. However, it feels like there will be some truth in what Shearer has said.

Selfishly, it would be better if Wilson doesn’t go to the World Cup. It means we can keep him fresh for the second half of the season, which could be a very exciting few months for Newcastle.

Wilson’s injury problems are well documented. We’ve seen them time and time again at Newcastle – even this season he has had a spell on the sidelines. It’s why the club forked out £59million to sign Alexander Isak.

While he is proving his fitness right now, there will always be a fear that he will break down again. The chances of that happening will only increase if he goes to the World Cup.

For Wilson, he is dreaming of going to the tournament and representing his country. And it would be a sensational achievement if he is selected.

Personally, I think he deserves to go. His recent form makes him England’s best backup to Harry Kane. But selfishly, I’d rather he was fit and firing for Newcastle.

Will Howe feel the same? Deep down, quite possibly.