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Former Tamworth striker who's not giving up on Euro dream

Tuesday Nov 24, 2020

 English football is in a very healthy position right now, with Gareth Southgate having a squad packed full of talent.
 That’s particularly the case in the attacking third, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane all expected to make an impact at the major tournament next year. Such firepower is why England are joint 5/1 favourites in the latest UEFA Euro 2020 odds, indicating they are a team to be feared. 

 Whilst Southgate will have most of the squad he wants to pick in mind already, injuries and form can play a part. So, you can’t say the door is truly shut on any individual out there. And, one man who will still be dreaming of being part of the group is Callum Wilson. 

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 The striker secured a high-profile transfer to Newcastle in the summer and he has been prolific since. Even though the Magpies aren’t the most attacking team to watch, and 7/2 to go down, he has been ruthless in front of goal and has given the team a new dimension with his ability to run in behind. 

 Of course, the 28-year-old is not an unknown, as he has played for England in the past, even scoring on his debut against the United States. Therefore, Southgate recognises the qualities Wilson boasts and he knows what he can get from him.
 As for Wilson, he will be realistic about the situation as well. Everyone accepts that Kane will lead the line for England if the Spurs man is available, whilst Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings and Tammy Abraham show the ridiculous strength in depth that the Three Lions have in that department. 

 However, the former Coventry striker has regularly defied the odds. After all, this is a player who was lining up for Tamworth in the Conference Premier just nine years ago. He didn’t emerge from the academy of a big club, coming through at Coventry, who were a lower league outfit at the time. 

 That, combined with loan spells to Kettering and the Lambs, gave Wilson an invaluable experience and grounding. He got used to the aggression shown by defenders, the muddy pitches and the tough tackling, and adapted to that level. 

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 Then, when his chance arrived with the Sky Blues, he took it, shining with his raw pace and ability in front of goal. Bournemouth were convinced, with Wilson again handling the next step in his development with ease, as he was a key reason behind the Cherries' promotion. Perhaps the biggest hurdle of them all, the Premier League, didn’t faze Wilson either. He was instrumental in establishing the south coast side in the top-flight, which brought his England debut.
 So, whilst he may go under the radar as England supporters debate their squads for Euro 2020 next summer, Wilson should remain in Southgate’s thinking. He is a player that has come up the hard way and his story could have one more chapter as he looks to go from non-league to a winner on the international stage in a decade.

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