Newcastle United’s Callum Wilson continues to be monitored by England scouts ahead of a potential recall to the national setup, while Gareth Southgate has also kept tabs on Karl Darlow and Isaac Hayden.
Wilson was omitted from England’s last squad for the UEFA Nations League encounters against Belgium and Denmark. However, the 28-year-old has been in impressive form for the Magpies in the Premier League this term since his £20m move from Bournemouth.
Surprise duo earning the right for potential England recognition
Darlow has been given the chance to impress for the Magpies after coming into their Premier League side for the first time in two years. That is down the absence of Martin Dubravka, who is now set be out until December after complications in his recovery from a heel injury, per The Times. His understudy has come into the side and delivered a string of impressive performances.
So far this term, Darlow has made the highest number of saves in the Premier League, as well as averaging 5.6 saves per match (Sofascore). That form has caught the eye of Southgate, who has had scouts watch the former Nottingham Forest stopper. However, he seems unlikely to be named in the next England squad, although there is a chance for future inclusion, per Chronicle Live.
Southgate has also been keeping a watchful eye over Hayden, who has been on the fringes of consideration for national team squad selection in recent times, per Chronicle Live.
England call ups for Isaac Hayden and co would be well-deserved
Wilson is the obvious favourite to gain international recognition in Bruce’s current squad. However, he will have to maintain his averages of 0.8 goals and two shots per game (Sofascore) to stay in contention. Meanwhile, Darlow is excelling in many aspects, leading the league for saves and punches per game, as well as making the third-highest number of high claims (Premierleague.com).
Hayden is another player who has gone under the radar, having been labelled as an ‘unsung hero’ by Alan Shearer. The midfielder has averaged 1.6 interceptions and 2.2 tackles per game this term (Sofascore) and has also has averaged an 83% passing accuracy, which shows he has both the defensive ability and the quality on the ball needed for England.
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