Howe impressed by Wilson’s mental strength

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Callum Wilson is fully deserving of his England call after a tough few years.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists Callum Wilson is fully deserving of his England call after a tough few years.

Wilson has made an impressive start to the 2018-19 campaign to help Bournemouth reach sixth spot with his six goals and four assists.

The 26-year-old’s form was enough to put him in contention for an England call and Gareth Southgate clearly agreed after naming the striker in his squad on Thursday.

He has endured a tough few years after twice battling his way back from cruciate knee ligament damage, and Howe believes Wilson’s mental strength has been key in helping him back to the top of the game.

‘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.’

The 26-year-old will be hoping to win his first cap over the upcoming international break when England face the USA in a friendly on November 15 before hosting Croatia in the Nations League three days later.

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