Callum Wilson hailed the timing of his return to type with Newcastle United as he flew out with England for the World Cup following his first call-up in three years.
The 30-year-old earned one thing of a shock recall for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, beating the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham for a spot in the 26-man group.
Wilson has hit six objectives in 11 Premier League begins for Newcastle this season, with Eddie Howe’s Magpies sitting third in the desk heading into the break for the first winter World Cup.
Asked about his first England involvement since November 2019, he replied: “Life is all about timing. I have had three years away…now going into the World Cup there’s great opportunities there in front of us as players to go and make history. For us, that’s the drive and motivation.
“I was over the moon, you work as a footballer to get opportunities like this. It’s one that you’ll grasp with both hands.”
Wilson is now aiming to create the sorts of reminiscences for England followers that he himself loved on his journey to representing his nation.
“It’s massive,” he advised ‘The Lions’ Den’ on England’s YouTube channel when requested about the significance of fan help.
“For us as players, we were once those people supporting the England team from afar – social clubs, street parties, flags out, they’re the memories.
“Unfortunately we won’t be a part of them but hopefully we’ll be creating them.”
Wilson is prone to be an understudy to captain Harry Kane as England’s most important hanging possibility, with Manchester United ahead Marcus Rashford additionally in the reckoning.
Only Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Jordan Henderson are older than Wilson amongst Southgate’s ranks as he seems to be so as to add to his one purpose from his 4 senior caps so far.