CALLUM WILSON has missed out on a recall to the England squad despite his strong start to the season with Newcastle United.

Wilson won the last of his four senior England caps in a European Championships qualifier with Bulgaria in October 2019, but his performances for Newcastle United in the first two months of the season have put him back in the international picture.

The striker has scored six goals in the first seven league games, and with Southampton’s Danny Ings unavailable after undergoing surgery earlier this week, it was felt there was a good chance of Wilson being recalled to Gareth Southgate's squad for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland and Nations League matches against Belgium and Iceland.

However, Wilson's name was not included in the squad list announced by Southgate this afternoon, with Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tammy Abraham instead getting the nod in the attacking position.

Speaking this morning, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said: "We’re all desperately hoping that Callum gets in the England squad because it would be great recognition for him and great recognition for Newcastle.

“He must have put himself back in the conversation, although I have a hard enough time doing my job, let alone trying to do Gareth’s for him.

“He certainly must be in with a shout because of the amount of goals he’s scored and the season he’s having.”

Newcastle return to action at Southampton tomorrow, and with no new injury problems to contend with, Bruce could well opt to start with the same side that kicked off last weekend’s 2-1 win over Everton.

The Magpies boss said: “Everybody’s okay. Everybody’s come through and trained all week, so we’re fine.

“We’ve had our fair share of injuries, and we’re still without Jonjo (Shelvey) and (Matt) Ritchie. But young (Matty) Longstaff is okay and Dummy (Paul Dummett) is okay so that’s good.”