Howe says Wilson’s England call-up is a reward for overcoming injuries

‘He’s been paid back for the mental strength he’s shown’: Eddie Howe says Callum Wilson’s maiden England call-up is a reward for overcoming injuries

  • Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson earned his first England call-up on Thursday
  • The 26-year-old has suffered two serious knee injuries in the past three years
  • Eddie Howe believes the call-up is a reward for the courage he has shown

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes Callum Wilson’s maiden England call-up is reward for the courage shown in overcoming serious injuries.

Cherries striker Wilson was named in Gareth Southgate’s squad on Thursday.

The 26-year-old has twice battled back from cruciate knee ligament damage in the three years since Bournemouth were promoted to the Premier League in 2015.

Eddie Howe (R) says Callum Wilson's (L) England call-up is reward for the courage he's shown

Eddie Howe (R) says Callum Wilson’s (L) England call-up is reward for the courage he’s shown

The Bournemouth forward has suffered two serious knee injuries in the past three years

The Bournemouth forward has suffered two serious knee injuries in the past three years

‘I’m delighted for Callum and his family. It’s fully deserved in my opinion and I’m delighted he’s been paid back for the mental strength he’s shown,’ said Howe.

‘He faced those moments on the sidelines with courage. Never a day did I see him down, which is sometimes very difficult.

‘I think Callum is a very positive and a very driven person. He’s really well liked by his team-mates, so I’m sure they’re delighted for him.’

Wilson has made a fine start to the season, contributing seven goals and five assists in 13 appearances. 

Wilson has made a brilliant start to the season, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances

Wilson has made a brilliant start to the season, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances

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