Newcastle United star gives fitness update and reveals World Cup hopes

The Magpies frontman is hoping to return to full fitness over the next week.

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Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has spoken of his determination to use the international break to regain fitness and challenge for a place in the England World Cup squad.

The former Bournemouth frontman has not featured for Eddie Howe’s side since limping out of the 3-3 draw against Bournemouth last month.

That brought an end to a promising start to the season after Wilson netted in two of United’s opening three games of the season.

The striker is still working his way back to fitness, with the injury denying him an opportunity to force his way into the Three Lions squad for Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany over the coming days.

Former Magpies striker Ivan Toney earned a maiden call-up and land a first cap and a chance to put himself in contention for a place in the squad that will travel to Qatar for the World Cup Finals in November.

Wilson revealed his still believes he can challenge for a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad - and is determined to return to fitness and prove himself to the England manager.

Speaking on the Footballer’s Football Podcast, he said: “I’ve got every faith in myself now, if I play the games, to get there - there is no doubt in me.

“I’m not disappointed about him (Ivan Toney) getting the spot because, ultimately, you have to be on the pitch to be selected.

“I started the season well, a couple of goals in just as many games and, if I were to maintain my fitness levels, I have no doubt I might have got myself into the squad. I didn’t even think that my name would be associated with the England squad, being out for the games prior to it.

“For me, it was about almost being fit for the Bournemouth game. I was hit and miss for that. But missing it gives me an opportunity over the international break to work even harder.

“It’s about short-term sacrifice for long-term gains and that was my theory behind it.”

Wilson will hope to return to the United squad when the Magpies visit Fulham on Saturday week.