Why Eddie Howe can afford to rest Callum Wilson tonight - opinion
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Why Eddie Howe can afford to rest Callum Wilson tonight - opinion

Tonight is Newcastle United’s final game before England’s World Cup squad is announced and Callum Wilson discovers his fate.

The 30-year-old is hoping to go to his first ever major tournament and represent his country – which is something he hasn’t done since 2019.

Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope are certainties for the squad, but a question mark still lingers next to Wilson’s name. He has been in excellent form in recent weeks, but his place on the plane still isn’t guaranteed.

However, it seems as though he can do no more to convince Gareth Southgate to include him in the 26-man squad.

According to the Daily Mail, Southgate has already finalised the squad he is taking to Qatar. They report that this week’s League Cup fixtures will have little or no bearing on who will be included in the England team.

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With that in mind, Eddie Howe must not start his number nine against Crystal Palace tonight.

Howe should start Wood and rest Wilson tonight

If he could still earn a place on the plane, Wilson would no doubt be desperate to start. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

And with the £20million man coming off due to illness on Sunday, he could probably do with an extended rest ahead of Chelsea this weekend.

Chris Wood came on in his place and did brilliantly. He scored his first Premier League goal of the season, and it was an excellent finish that left Wilson ‘buzzing‘ for his teammate.

The 30-year-old Kiwi will be keen to build up some momentum, and capitalise on returning to the scoresheet. Therefore, Howe should choose Wood to lead the line against Crystal Palace.

While we are gunning for cup success, it is still a chance to give others an opportunity. Wood deserves one, and should get it tonight.

Wilson’s England fate is no longer in his own hands. All he can do is wait until Thursday’s announcement. Rest him tonight and ensure he’s 100% for Saturday’s St James’ Park sendoff against Chelsea.