Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has said that he is speechless after scoring his first international goal. Wilson made his England debut against USA last night and started the match. He scored England’s third goal of the match in the 77th minute as England won 3-0.
Wilson has been in terrific form for Bournemouth lately and played a huge role in the club going unbeaten in October. He has scored 4 goals in Bournemouth’s last 5 Premier League matches. Wilson’s performances for Bournemouth led to Gareth Southgate giving him his first national team call-up.
About his maiden England goal, Wilson said, “I’ve got no words at the moment, I don’t think it’s really sunk in to be honest. There was an opportunity in front of me and I just wanted to grasp it with both hands to be honest. It’s always nice to get on the scoresheet as a striker.”
However, Wilson could have scored more than one goal last night as he missed a few good scoring opportunities. The 26-year old said, “I was more thinking just keep going, but the time was ticking down. I did actually see [Rashford] standing there. There was one chance just before where Trent played it across, I just got my foot to it, probably should have scored, and you look over and see him standing there, and you’re thinking you’ve only got a couple minutes now. But Delphy put a great ball in and I managed to get on the end of it.
For me I’m my biggest critic, so I would have been disappointed overall to not take my chances, but thankfully it went in, so I can reflect on the night in a positive way. To make your debut for England is a massive achievement, and to score on that as well is even more sweet. I’ll share this time with family and friends, and I’ll remember it forever.
I hope to build on this now, keep improving, there’s still a long way to go for myself, more I can improve on. I will keep working hard to become a better player.”
Despite scoring on his England debut, it seems very unlikely that Wilson will start in England’s must win Nations League game against Croatia on Sunday. Given the magnitude of the match, England will certainly field their best team. However, there is a good chance that Wilson might come on as a substitute.