Callum Wilson grateful Gareth Southgate saw him return with a bang

‘I know the manager will know what I’m capable of’: Callum Wilson is grateful Gareth Southgate saw him return with a bang at Huddersfield

  • Callum Wilson knew he needed to perform with Gareth Southgate watching
  • The forward scored on his England debut against the United States last year 
  • Wilson’s performance after a six-week lay-off was not a surprise to Eddie Howe

Questions have been asked about the mental fragility of Bournemouth this season, but Callum Wilson can probably be excused the inquisition.

Hearing that England coach Gareth Southgate was turning up to watch him, Wilson decided that he needed to make an impact. One goal — off his chest — and one assist later, job done.

‘I know the manager will know what I’m capable of and he probably just came to see how I am after injury and thankfully it was a good one,’ Wilson said.

Callum Wilson’s performance after a six-week lay-off was not a surprise to his manager

Callum Wilson’s performance after a six-week lay-off was not a surprise to his manager

Wilson’s performance after a six-week lay-off was not a surprise to his manager Eddie Howe, who describes the forward as the ‘ultimate’ professional.

Wilson scored on his England debut against the United States last year. He has 13 this season and believes he is playing the best football of his career.

Bournemouth ended a run of nine consecutive away defeats, a mental hurdle cleared even if Huddersfield are easy targets.

When asked for a reaction to the defeat, Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl stayed silent for a few seconds: ‘Can that be my reaction? I’m just really, really tired of losing.’

Wilson decided that he needed to make an impact with Gareth Southgate watching him

Wilson decided that he needed to make an impact with Gareth Southgate watching him

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