Callum Wilson is a serious contender to make England’s World Cup squad after the FA ‘contacted Newcastle’s medical team about his training workload’… with the injury-prone striker making his claim for Qatar after six goals in nine games
- Callum Wilson has scored six goals in nine games for Newcastle this season
- He is now a serious contender to make England’s World Cup squad this month
- The FA have been in touch with Newcastle to learn about managing his workload
- Wilson has battled with injuries in recent years, and has struggled to stay fit
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Callum Wilson is under serious consideration to make Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad, after it emerged the FA have been speaking to Newcastle’s medical department about how to manage his workload.
Wilson has started the season in blistering form, scoring six goals in nine Premier League games – including a brace against Aston Villa on Saturday – to help the Magpies move into the top four.
His performances have led to calls for the former Bournemouth forward to be called up for the Qatar World Cup as back-up to Harry Kane, with Tammy Abraham and Ivan Toney also in contention.
Callum Wilson has been in excellent form in front of goal this season for high-flying Newcastle
Wilson is now under serious consideration to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad
Despite his ability to score goals, persistent injury problems have prevented Wilson from earning a regular spot with the Three Lions.
He missed four games earlier this term with a hamstring problem – an issue that has caused him to miss significant periods of the last couple of seasons at St James’ Park.
Yet his current form seems to be too good to ignore and Southgate has named him in his 55-man provisional squad that will become 26 next week.
As a result, England have reached out to Newcastle’s medical department in a bid to understand how to manage his workload during the tournament, according to The Telegraph.
Southgate was in attendance for Newcastle’s 4-0 win against Villa, and is likely to have been impressed by Wilson’s showing.
He spoke to Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley, but reportedly kept his cards close to his chest with regards to whether Wilson would get a World Cup call-up.
Wilson scored twice against Aston Villa on Saturday to take his goals tally to six for the season
The forward has had injuries, but Southgate seems to be thinking about taking him to Qatar
Wilson has four international caps to his name, and he scored on his debut against the USA in November 2018.
He has not been called up for three years, in part due to his injury setbacks, but he seems to be giving Southgate a genuine selection headache right now.
England captain Kane is the obvious first-choice option up front, but the competition for places to be his understudy is fierce.
Abraham and Toney made England’s most recent squad in September, but neither played a single minute during that international break.
Marcus Rashford has also brought himself back into contention, scoring seven goals in all competitions this term, while Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin recently returned from injury to net against Crystal Palace.