Callum Wilson says it would be a dream come true if he makes his England debut against the United States at Wembley tonight.
The 26-year-old Bournemouth frontman is the latest player to be rewarded by Gareth Southgate for impressing on the path less travelled, having spent time on loan at non-league Kettering and Tamworth before making his mark at hometown club Coventry.
Wilson moved onto Bournemouth in 2014 and helped fire them from the Sky Bet Championship into the Premier League, where Eddie Howe’s men currently find themselves riding high in sixth.
That ascent will continue tonight, with the uncapped striker vying for a starting berth in the friendly against the United States on a night that will see England pay homage to Wayne Rooney. “It would be a dream come true,” Wilson said.
“There’s no guarantees I will get on, but I’ve still got probably 15-20 people from my family and friends coming to the game to watch, and it just shows for me what they want for me, what I want for myself, really. “If it doesn’t happen, I’ll keep working hard. I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. I’ll be making sure I’m working hard, doing everything I can possible to get that.”
Southgate confirmed Wilson would play a part at Wembley, where he always dreamed of starring but has yet to step out as a player. “As a youngster, when you’re playing around with your friends, you’re always re-enacting that you’re playing at Wembley, things like that,” he said.
“We used to call it ‘Wembley’, the game, it was 1 v 1, where you would try, and score and you got through to the next round. So, I would always be myself, really, trying to be at Wembley, and hoping one day it would happen. “It was just in the garages in the house where I grew up. The streets.”