Bournemouth boss Howe backs Wilson for England

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes Callum Wilson can force his way into the England squad if he maintains his current form.

The 23-year-old joined the Cherries from Coventry City in a £3million transfer last summer, and he scored 20 goals in 45 league matches as he helped his new club win the Championship. Of course with this came a place in the Premier League, and Wilson has made light work of the best defences in the country with five goals in his first six top-flight outings.

This includes a hat-trick against West Ham United, who are currently flying high in third place under the leadership of Slaven Bilic, with his latest strike coming in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday. Indeed, nobody has scored more times than Wilson in the Premier League this season so far, and Howe believes a place in England’s squad is not out of the question.

“I would certainly push him and ask for him to be considered due to the start he has had and throughout the whole of last season,” he said. “He has all the attributes a modern-day striker needs. I would like nothing more than for Callum to go on to make England appearances. His potential is limitless. He is strong, quick and a good finisher. He is developing all aspects of his game.”

Roy Hodgson’s current main striker for England is Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, who earlier this month became the all-time top scorer for his country when he notched number 50 in the win over Switzerland. Daniel Sturridge has recently made his return for Liverpool after a five-month injury layoff, and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur has three goals in four caps.

Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion is another great hope ahead of Euro 2016, which may come too soon for James Wilson who is struggling for game-time at Old Trafford and may be loaned out. Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, the latter of whom is sidelined with injury, also present threats to Wilson gatecrashing Hodgson’s squad for the Finals next summer.

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