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Newcastle United: Callum Wilson admits he left Alan Shearer’s World Cup message on read

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Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has admitted he’s not yet gotten around to replying to club legend Alan Shearer’s message about his World Cup call-up.

The 30-year-old spoke to BBC Sport about his call-up and was asked if he’d received any messages at all from Alan Shearer, Newcastle’s all-time top scorer.

Wilson was given the nod by England boss Gareth Southgate to his World Cup squad but the striker missed the club’s recent clash with Crystal Palace after suffering from the virus.

It’s been a campaign with an impressive goals return so far for the Magpies’ number nine. He’s netted six goals in the Premier League. When you consider the injury he suffered at the end of August, causing him to miss a month of action, he could’ve added even more goals to his tally had he remained fit.

Wilson said: “Yeah, he got in touch as well when I didn’t play the cup game, because I had [the virus]. He got in touch just making sure I was ok.

“Alan’s a big fan of I guess Newcastle, big fan of myself. So yeah, obviously delighted for the message. I’ve not got around to messaging everyone back.”

And when asked if he’d replied to Shearer, Wilson replied: “No. Not yet. Al, I’ll be messaging you soon.”

TIF’s view on Wilson’s comments…

It’s great to see a legend like Shearer reach out to check on Wilson. He didn’t have to do that, but it shows he genuinely has a real love for Newcastle and their players.

Wilson’s selection is well-deserved. His goals have helped the Toon surge into third place in the Premier League. Only Miguel Almiron has more league goals this season for the Magpies than the 30-year-old.

Considering his age, it will likely be Wilson’s first and only World Cup tournament. With Harry Kane likely leading the line for England, the Newcastle striker may not get many minutes but it will certainly be a big achievement for him.

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