England Under-21s striker hopes he's done enough to earn a place on plane to Israel
Connor Wickham hopes his performances this season have been enough to earn a spot in the England Under-21s squad for this summer’s Euro Finals.
The Sunderland striker capped off an impressive campaign with another goal and a man-of-the-match display in Monday’s 4-0 win over Austria.
And given the run of form shown by Stuart Pearce’s side over the last year, Wickham says it was no surprise they clocked up four goals in Brighton.
He told FATV: "I thought we performed well.
"We can create ten or 20 chances a game and tonight was no different but we managed to put a few of them away.
“When they had the first and then second man sent off, it obviously helped us a lot.”
Monday’s game at the Amex Stadium was the final match before Pearce names his final squad for the Euros in Israel this June.
And Wickham is confident that he has done enough to seal his place in Pearce’s group for the trip.
He added: "I've scored a few goals throughout the campaign, so hopefully I'll be in the gaffer's mind.
"But it's his choice and it's up to him who he wants to take.
“Anyone who has been involved in the campaign is in with a shout of getting on the plane.”
England head to Israel on the back of nine straight victories without any goals conceded this season.
And Wickham recognises the need for that form to be continued into the Finals.
"It's a great record to have and going into the tournament, other teams will know what we've done in the lead-up to Israel,” he added.
"We're nine games unbeaten and we haven't conceded a goal so it puts us in a really strong position going into the tournament.
"It's down to the players to keep playing, working hard and keep fit now and hopefully we'll take the strongest team possible to the tournament.”