Gareth Southgate continues to ignore Newcastle United players when selecting his England squad, but Callum Wilson will prove him wrong.
Newcastle United fans thought they would see two players earn call-ups to the England squad for the international games this month, but that did not happen. Gareth Southgate once again named a squad that raised some question marks, but he selected the team he thought would be the most competitive.
Callum Wilson and Karl Darlow were two Newcastle United players who thought they might break into the squad as a result of their recent performances. Instead, it looks like all the praise they received in the media fell on deaf ears, but this decision will only bring out the best in both players, especially Wilson.
Wilson missed out on a place in the England squad as Southgate decided to stick with young striker Tammy Abraham, but the Chelsea forward does not belong there.
Wilson has found the back of the net on five more occasions than Abraham this season, and his current confidence level and good run of form would benefit England much more.
Once again, Southgate has his own logic for selecting the players he did, but he should definitely keep an eye on Wilson going forward as the 28-year-old striker will have new motivation over the next couple of games.
With the former Bournemouth man already at six goals through seven games, he can certainly reach double figures in the next few clashes.
The Magpies are fortunate to have such a talented striker on the team, but fans should expect him to be even more lethal in front of goal as he fights for a place in the national team.
Looking at the upcoming schedule, Wilson is capable of causing significant damage, starting tomorrow against a Southampton side dealing with a major injury crisis.
The Toon will face several mid-table and relegation-threatened opponents with leaky back lines over the next couple of games, such as Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, West Brom, Leeds United, and Fulham.
Newcastle United should be a bit more comfortable and creative on the ball in most of those games, and fans should expect to see even more urgency from an already in-form Callum Wilson.