CALLUM WILSON has revealed he has learnt how to be a dead-eye in front of goal from watching Harry Kane during England training.
The Bournemouth striker made his international bow against the USA last November, marking his debut with a goal, and will hope to win a fourth cap in tomorrow’s Euro 2020 qualifier with the Czech Republic in Prague.
Wilson accepts Kane is firmly established as England’s No.9 and the 27-year-old thinks training alongside the Tottenham star has shown him why the Three Lions captain is so successful.
‘There’s no laughing and joking,’ he said. ‘It’s all serious, whereas in club football — and I’ve been guilty of it myself — you’re laughing and joking at people missing [the target].
‘But Harry’s all about concentration. You have to be focused like you are in a match and Harry’s in that frame of mind. That’s something I’ve taken back with me to Bournemouth.’
Wilson may be an established Premier League player now but was loaned out by first club Coventry to non-league sides Kettering and Tamworth early on in his career, experiences he says laid the foundations for his later success.
‘I was playing on loan at Kettering and said I’d play for England one day. For me that was always the aim,’ he recalled.
‘I never actually told any of the players at the time because I guess it’s a bit disrespectful. They’d probably think, “Who’s this young whipper-snapper coming in, saying he’s going to play for England?”.
‘I told family and friends, though. In some games you play terrible and you think it’s never going to happen but you have to keep believing.
‘I remembering playing at places where fans are standing all round the pitch and you can smell the burgers and chips!’