It is finally official – Newcastle United’s number nine Callum Wilson is going to the World Cup with England.
The striker has been very vocal about his desire to go to the tournament in Qatar, and now his dream has become a reality.
Gareth Southgate has confirmed his 26-man squad, and Wilson is one of three Toon players selected. He is joined by Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier.
They were certainties to be on the plane, but Wilson’s place has been up in the air. He hasn’t represented England since 2019, while Southgate had various other forward to pick from.
But the 30-year-old has been selected ahead of the likes of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham, and now has the chance to add to the four caps he has already won.
Wilson has been telling anyone that will listen that he wants to go to the World Cup, and now it is happening. Hours after the announcement, he has made his first comments as a member of the England World Cup squad.
What Callum Wilson has said about World Cup decision
He wrote: “Absolute honour to be called up to represent my country for a World Cup. Something I’ve dreamed about since a little boy and will cherish every moment of!
“In 2017 whilst recovering from my second ACL injury in Qatar, having never represented my country at this point. I said to myself before I left.. “I will be back to play in the 2022 World Cup”.
“Dedication and hard work shows how you can achieve anything!!
“Can’t wait to meet up with the lads and work even harder together now to achieve greatness.”
Hard work pays off for Wilson
There have been plenty of bumps in the road, but Wilson is now set to achieve his dream of going to the World Cup with England. And it is richly deserved for his dedication and commitment, as well as his performances for Newcastle.
Wilson has never played for the Three Lions since becoming a Toon player. But he has always been exceptional in a black and white shirt. His goal record is fantastic, while he leads the line in a way you would expect from a ‘number nine’.
This has been his goal, and it is fantastic to see him achieve it. His desire to get back in the England picture has certainly benefitted Eddie Howe, as he has been on fire for the Magpies.
Six goals in 10 games this season have helped Newcastle into third, and he produced his best performance of the season in front of Southgate at St James’ Park. That was the 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.
Wilson has been excellent in a Newcastle shirt, and it is now time for him to do the same in an England shirt.