Callum Wilson: England U21s call up is a dream come true

Tuesday 11 Nov 2014
Wilson trained for the first time with England Under-21s on Monday afternoon
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Callum Wilson says he is hoping England Under-21s can benefit from his red-hot form when they face Portugal on Thursday.

The AFC Bournemouth striker was called up for the first time by Gareth Southgate last week after top-scoring for Eddie Howe’s men so far this season.

England v Portugal 

International U21s Match
7.45pm, Thursday 13 November 2014
Turf Moor, Burnley FC
Live on BT Sport
Call 01282 700003 for tickets

And after meeting his new squad-mates at St. George’s Park on Monday, he is keen to get down to business and make a big impression following on from his 11 goals for the south coast club this term.

"It’s fantastic and a great achievement that from the start of the season, my hard work is getting seen by England," he revealed. 

"Strikers get recognition for their goals, that’s why I’m here, but representing your country at any level is something that you dream about.

"It’s nice to be here and it would be a great honour if I could get a run-out for England."

The 22-year-old had his first taste of life with England at training on Monday afternoon, as the squad came back together for the first time since sealing their qualification for next summer’s Euro Finals.

AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

Callum Wilson has scored 11 goals for AFC Bournemouth so far this season

And the former Coventry City man admits that the prospect of a potential spot in Southgate’s squad for the trip to Czech Republic next June can only help inspire him to continue his impressive form in the Championship.

"It’s a little incentive to do well and if I can carry on with the performances at Bournemouth that have allowed me to be recognised today, then hopefully I can be involved," he added.

"It’s been good and nice to integrate with all of the boys and get to know them, we had lunch together and I got chatting to a few of them who I know from playing against them before.

"It will be a great test for us [against Portugal], heading towards the Euros because we play them in the group, but hopefully we can prepare right and if I do well, I could be involved."

You can watch the Under-21s in action against Portugal on Thursday, with tickets for the game at Turf Moor costing just £10 for adults and £5 for juniors. 

You can pay on the gate, or just call 01282 700003 for more details.

AFC Bournemouth pair Callum Wilson and Baily Cargill speak about their England call-ups

 


By Nicholas Veevers at St. George's Park