As auditions go it was extremely convincing and certainly must have given Gareth Southgate something to ponder on his drive home to North Yorkshire.
In scoring two goals, creating another and hitting the crossbar Callum Wilson not only made a compelling case for inclusion in England’s World Cup squad but reinforced Newcastle’s top-four credentials.
“Callum’s an outstanding striker,” said his manager, Eddie Howe. “And that was an outstanding performance. Callum was at the heart of a lot of what we did best.”
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