Thu 28 Mar 2024, 20:04 · Ash Harrison

Jermain Defoe has backed £20m Newcastle man to be part of England's Euro 2024 squad

Jermain Defoe has backed £20m Newcastle man to be part of England's Euro 2024 squad
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Newcastle United have a few players who will be hoping to book their place on that plane with the England squad as they head off to Germany for Euro 2024 in the summer.

Anthony Gordon was recently called up by Gareth Southgate and gave a good account of himself in the friendly defeat to Brazil and again in his brief cameo against Belgium.

Newcastle's regular England representative Kieran Trippier missed out on this last squad through injury but will no doubt be in contention to be part of the Euro 2024 squad.

Then there's Nick Pope who had fallen out of favour with Southgate before picking up his shoulder injury, but now with Sam Johnstone ruled out for an extended period, if Pope returns to action next month and gives a good account of himself, then he could be back in the mix.

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Wilson for England?

Jermain Defoe backs Callum Wilson for England's Euro 2024 squad

However, former Sunderland and England striker Jermain Defoe has told The Mirror that he expects another Newcastle player to be part of Southgate's squad,

Callum Wilson is currently out injured with a pectoral muscle tear, but could be back to play a part in the last couple of games for Newcastle, and if he does, Defoe believes that will put the £20million former Bournemouth man back in Southgate's thoughts.

"I think if he can keep himself fit he's someone that can score goals. I've always liked Callum, I played with him a little bit at Bournemouth. He's a goalscorer, a good finisher and calm in front of goal."

Wilson was in England's World Cup squad in 2022

Wilson has the experience and has been part of an England side at a major tournament when he was called up to the World Cup squad in 2022.

There's never been any doubt over Wilson's prowess in front of goal, his fitness is his biggest enemy. If it weren't for Wilson's injuries then he'd be a shoo-in for a spot in that England squad, but things being what they are, Southgate will likely go with Ivan Toney or Ollie Watkins to be safe.

It will be a shame for Wilson who will probably not get another chance after this given his age, but who knows? Defoe might have a point.