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Newcastle United: Callum Wilson reveals international ambitions swayed him towards Tyneside

Newcastle United: Callum Wilson reveals international ambitions swayed him towards Tyneside - Newcastle United News

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has suggested that his ambitions to make the England squad for next summer’s European Championships were key to his decision to move to St James’ Park.

Wilson had attracted plenty of interest throughout the transfer window after Bournemouth’s relegation from the top-flight. The 28-year-old had been the subject of interest from Aston Villa, who placed a bid of £21 million for him. However, the forward instead chose to move to Newcastle, as per the Express and Star.

England ambitions outlined

Aston Villa might have made a better start to the campaign in terms of points that Newcastle, but Wilson has been heavily instrumental for the Magpies. The striker has already registered four goals in his opening four Premier League matches, as per Sofascore.

Wilson’s impressive start to life at St James’ Park has already seen him attract praise from Newcastle legend Alan Shearer. The former number nine labelled the 28-year-old as ‘horrible to play against’ following his performance in the Magpies’ opening day win at West Ham.

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Speaking to his former club Coventry City, Wilson outlined that he decided to choose Newcastle over Aston Villa due to his ambitions to lead the line at a club and impress Gareth Southgate enough to make the squad for the Euros.

He said: “For me the long-term goal is to try and get into the European Championship squad which is why I wanted to take this opportunity that arose to come back into the Premier League.

“I’ve left a lot of friends behind in the Bournemouth squad but with the Euro’s coming up I definitely feel that I need to hit the ground running and ultimately that will hopefully lead to me getting back into the England squad.”

Wilson being rewarded for transfer choice

Whilst Wilson has been left out of England’s squad for the current international break, the 28-year-old will have placed himself firmly back onto Southgate’s radar with his performances so far this term. The forward has averaged 2.3 shots and one goal per game so far in his opening four matches, as per Sofascore.

However, it is not just his goal scoring work that has been impressive. The forward has also shown his work rate with 0.8 interceptions per match so far this term, as well as his ability to retain possession in the last third having averaged a 71% passing accuracy (via Sofascore) despite often being isolated up front for the Magpies. If he continues in this vein it will be hard for Southgate to ignore him.

Geordies, do you think Wilson can make England’s squad for the Euros? Let us know your thoughts below!

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