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Adored by Gareth Southgate, Duncan Watmore could lead Sunderland to glory in 2019


Adored by Gareth Southgate, Duncan Watmore could lead Sunderland to glory in 2019

The Sunderland winger has been suffering with a serious knee injury for nearly two years.

Injuries have undoubtedly been cruel to Sunderland winger Duncan Watmore. The speedy winger has spent the last 12 months on the sidelines with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Since the end of 2016, Watmore has only played six times.

It means he has largely missed the demise of the club, which has seen Sunderland slip down to League One from the Premier League.

England v Switzerland: UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 16: Gareth Southgate manager of England U21 shakes hands with Ruben Loftus-Cheek of England U21 as he is substituted by Duncan Watmore of England U21 during the UEFA U21 Championship Qualifier between England and Switzerland at Amex Stadium on November 16, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

Prior to his injury trouble, Watmore was considered one of the brightest talents in England. A regular with the under-21s, he was hugely popular with the now current England boss and national hero Gareth Southgate.

It’s hard to remember, but at one point in 2016, some were even suggesting he might make the Euro 2016 squad.  

“We knew that we were ending up a little bit narrow and [Watmore’s] width would give us a different option and his pace at that stage of the game, because we’d kept the ball so well and knew the opposition would tire.

“So I’m delighted for him, he’s a great kid to work with and it’s great that he’s got his reward tonight.”


– Gareth Southgate singing the praises of Duncan Watmore after game-winning performance in 2015 

Watmore has recently made his return to action. On Monday night he featured in a Premier League 2 game against Middlesbrough. He missed a penalty in the clash but just being out on the field for an hour would have been a huge boost to the Sunderland attacker.

Watmore, an unorthodox, hard-working and lightning quick, forward player will now have his eyes firmly set on a return to the Sunderland first-team in the new year.

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