Newcastle United star Callum Wilson predicted England selection four months ago in private diary

The Newcastle striker put his call-up down to hard work and his belief in the power of “positive affirmations”

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has credited his England World Cup call-up to his positive affirmations after predicting his success in a diary months ago.

The Magpies man will be on the plane to Qatar to compete for the Three Lions, overcoming injury scares of the past year to impress Gareth Southgate enough to get the nod at the expense of in-form Brentford forward Ivan Toney. It will be Wilson's first trip to the World Cup and first international appearances since 2019.

After receiving the good news about his call-up, Wilson recorded a one-off episode of The Footballer's Football Podcast for a deep-dive into the World Cup. The show normally features Wilson alongside West Ham United striker Michail Antonio and Liverpool supporting co-host Rickie Haywood-Williams.

On the special episode, Wilson told Rickie that he had made a note in his diary to pack for the World Cup months ago in an effort to speak it into existence.

He said: "I couldn't have wrote it. Funnily enough, I was going through my diary the other day, I do like to keep an organised schedule. I was going through this week and I'd written on today's date, Sunday, November 13, 'pack for Qatar'.

"This was probably four months ago. I feel the power of visualisation, the positive affirmations, law of attraction stuff, I literally wrote 'pack for Qatar'. Four weeks ago people were asking where I was going in the winter break, I'd say Qatar. I set my mind to a goal and I'm so proud of myself for achieving the goal that I've set for myself but this is just the start."

Callum Wilson always knew he’d be on the plane to Qatar (Image: Getty Images)

Newcastle United won't return to action in the Premier League until Boxing Day as the World Cup takes place. Gareth Southgate's England will first face Iran on Monday, November 21 at 1 pm before taking on the USA and Wales in the Group stages.