Coventry City academy graduate Callum Wilson has today been called up to the senior England squad for the first time for the games against USA and Croatia.
Wilson is the second Coventry City academy graduate to be called up by England manager Gareth Southgate after James Maddison was included in the squad for the games against Spain and Croatia in October.
The 26-year-old, now at Premier League side Bournemouth, is included after seven Premier League goals this season and joins a squad which features Wayne Rooney for his 120th, and final, England cap against USA at Wembley.
Maddison, now at Leicester, misses out through injury however.
Speaking about Wilson’s inclusion, England manager Gareth Southgate said;
“He’s a threat in terms of running in behind defences.
“He’s obviously been involved in scoring or producing assists in a high number of goals this season so it’s a good opportunity for us to have a look at him in training and to see how he fits in to what we do and for him to get a feeling of working with the senior team.”
Before praising his character after coming back from two ACL injuries, one in each knee;
“Part of being a footballer is showing the resilience that would be commonplace among the squad, coming back form setbacks whether that’s through rejection or injury,” said Southgate.
“He’s had that but he’s got back to a realty good level. He’s earned the right for a call up.”
Full England squad:
Marcus Bettinelli, Jack Butland, Alex McCarthy, Jordan Pickford
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Lewis Dunk, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
Ross Barkley, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Harry Winks
Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Callum Wilson