Callum Wilson’s journey back into the England set-up may have just gotten a little more difficult.
The Newcastle United number nine has not donned the Three Lions shirt now since the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria back in October 2019.
Of course, he is currently injured and was therefore unavailable for selection this latest international break.
We’ll never know if he’d have got the nod from Gareth Southgate had he not been crocked.
To be honest, he does seem quite far off a recall right now, and now there seems to be another barrier to Wilson’s pathway back in.
Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford made his debut tonight against Andorra.
He didn’t score, but his performance was really good and he came in for praise from the likes of Ian Wright and Roy Keane at half-time.
It may have been ‘only’ Andorra, but the 28-year-old did himself no harm with his display, which included fantastic movement and playmaking.
Wilson has not yet made an England squad as a Newcastle player. The last thing he needed was the emergence of more competition.
Wilson has serious work to do to get back in
Southgate has some brilliant options at his disposal.
Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are top centre-forwards, and then there’s the likes of Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling who can also play through the middle.
Danny Ings will also hope to get back into the fold, as will Ollie Watkins. Bamford getting his foot in the door is undoubtedly a blow for Wilson.
One gets the feeling that the 29-year-ol would now need the season of his life to make England’s World Cup squad for Qatar.
Under Steve Bruce at Newcastle, that really is unlikely.