Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe has shared his delight at Callum Wilson, Nick Pope and Kieran Trippier being called up to the England squad for the upcoming World Cup.
To fans’ excitement, the Toon number nine was confirmed to be on Gareth Southgate’s 26-man shortlist, alongside the Magpies’ two national team mainstays.
“I think it’s great for us,” he said.
“We’re really proud of our international players.
“We try and provide a place where players can excel, do well and hopefully get called up for international teams.”
Howe delighted for Newcastle trio
With Newcastle third in the Premier League table, it is no surprise to see Toon players getting called up to their national team squads. If this wasn’t the case, there would have been outrage on Tyneside – and rightly so.
Following Bruno Guimaraes’ inclusion with Brazil, the English trio getting called up is an illustration of just how good of a job Howe has done thus far at St James’ Park.
Trippier has been a crucial leader in the Magpies’ XI, whilst Pope’s incredible form has meant the side have the joint-best defensive record in the league.
In recent weeks, Wilson has also demonstrated why he is renowned as one of the most clinical strikers in English football.
However, with Southgate’s squad announcement, there is one Newcastle player who could be feeling very hard done by.
Dan Burn has been sensational for the Tyneside club this term. Playing as both a left-back and a centre-back, the 30-year-old has added stability and composure to Howe’s defence.
The former Brighton man has played a critical part in the Toon’s back-line, which is statistically matching Arsenal’s form and topping the rest of the division.
As a player who can play in multiple positions, Burn would have been a useful asset for Southgate to have had in Qatar.
Therefore, whilst the Newcastle squad will be happy for their teammates with call ups, there will be heavy disappointment for the 6ft7 defender at Darsley Park.