‘Really intelligent’: Nick Pope now thinks £20m Newcastle man will be so hard to play against at the World Cup
The Magpies have five players turning out for their national teams in Qatar over the next month.
He didn’t show his finest form on that occasion, but has been part of the best defence in the Premier League this season.
Pope has been joined in the England squad by Kieran Trippier, who may just fancy his chances of starting against Iran tomorrow.
However, one man who is unlikely to involved from the start is striker Callum Wilson.
Wilson earned his first England call-up in three years to be a part of the squad in Qatar.
And Pope believes Wilson has plenty of strengths that will cause teams problems at the World Cup.
Wilson has plenty of strengths as a forward – Pope
Speaking about his Newcastle teammate, Pope said: “[Wilson’s] someone that leads the line really well, whether he plays in a one up-front or a two.
“[He’s a] really intelligent player, strong, quick, [he’s] really good in the box as a striker, whether that’s one-touch finishes or beating a man and finishing.
“They’re all strengths of his and strengths we’ve seen this season.”
The £20m forward has been in brilliant form since returning from a hamstring injury.
His four goals and two assists in his last eight games have contributed to Newcastle incredible unbeaten run.
Despite being frustrated with his recent goal tallies, Wilson’s form has been deservedly recognised by Gareth Southgate.
With Harry Kane happy to drop deeper to get on the ball, having Wilson in the side to finish chances may not be a bad idea.
England rely heavily on Kane for goals, and so Wilson may offer something very different to the likes of Raheem Sterling or Phil Foden.
Wilson’s movement has improved a lot recently, and he could really benefit from Kane’s pinpoint passing.
Although Southgate tends to have his favourites in the England set-up, Wilson has certainly been picked on form.
That could really benefit England, and if Wilson ends up showing his strengths when given an opportunity, he could become an unlikely hero.
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