Newcastle United star reveals ‘annoying’ reason behind substitution in Southampton win

There was concern when the Magpies star was replaced during the interval.

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has explained the reason behind his half-time substitution in Sunday’s 4-1 win at Southampton.

The Magpies continued their remarkable run of form as Miguel Almiron, Chris Wood, Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes all scored to claim three points that helped Eddie Howe’s side end the weekend in third place in the Premier League table. However, there had been concerns Wilson had suffered an injury that could have threatened his bid for a place in England’s World Cup squad when he was replaced by Wood during the interval.

Speaking after the game, United manager Howe addressed the decision as he said: “Callum wasn’t that well in the week and felt light-headed and dizzy so that’s why he came off. It was a joint decision, he didn’t feel he had the energy needed and it was easy decision to replace him with Chris, who came on and got the job done. When you look at today’s performance it was below from where have been but we still won 4-1.”

Wilson also explained the situation as he took to social media hours after the win on the South Coast and explained the illness that had hampered his preparations for the game had got the better of him during the first-half. Along with an image of United celebrating their first goal of the game, he tweeted: “Fun in the Sun. Another W on the road! Annoying illness got the better of me in the end but we rest up and go again next week.”