Eddie Howe has advised England counterpart Gareth Southgate in-form Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson is prepared, prepared and in a position to reply the nation’s name at the World Cup finals.
The 30-year-old frontman, who was final capped in 2019, was one among three Magpies – goalkeeper Nick Pope and full-back Kieran Tripper are the others – to be named in Southgate’s 26-man squad for Qatar on Thursday, though he’s going through a race in opposition to time to recuperate from sickness to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Howe, who has labored with Wilson since he signed him for Bournemouth in 2014, has seen him emerge from harm distress – he has twice fought his manner again from cruciate ligament ruptures – to take his place on the world stage, and is satisfied he has the standard and energy of character to serve his nation with distinction.
The Newcastle head coach stated: “I would back Callum in any situation, that if he entered the pitch he would be able to score the goals England need.
“That’s always been in his DNA, the goalscoring ability. More importantly, the confidence to do it in any arena – that’s his biggest strength.
“I think he’s got everything in the sense of his game. He’s probably at the peak of his powers, he’s got really good experience behind him now, he’s played for England before, so I don’t think it will faze him.
“He has the inner belief that he’s there to play and hopefully score for his country.”
Howe admits he didn’t significantly see his £3million signing from Coventry as a future World Cup star when he took him to Bournemouth slightly greater than eight years in the past, however shortly realised that he had a participant of real potential on his palms.
He stated: “When I watched him play before he signed for us, I saw a huge potential. He was physically one of the best players I’d seen at that time, explosively quick, a quite unique running style, scored some really, really good goals.
“He needed work and refining in certain areas of his game and then when we signed him, you get a feeling instantly that, ‘This guy is special, this guy has got the character and the confidence to be a centre-forward for a big club’.”
That character has been demonstrated by Wilson shaking off the accidents which have punctuated his profession.
Howe stated: “Every time he suffered one, there was no side of him that ever looked depressed or down or any type of negative emotion, it was always, ‘Right, I’ve got to deal with this. I’m going to come back better and I’ll score even more goals’.”
Wilson has educated away from his team-mates this week after being laid low by sickness, and Howe will make a late name forward of the conflict with Chelsea.
He stated: “He’s been working well, but I need to make a decision on whether he’s fit enough to play.”