Callum Wilson

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Striker Callum Wilson has overcome two serious knee injuries to become a full England international during a goal-laden stay at Vitality Stadium.

Wilson has scored prolifically since joining the Cherries from hometown club Coventry City in July 2014. He progressed through the ranks at the West Midlands club and netted 23 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions for the Sky Blues. Wilson made his Coventry debut as a 17-year-old when he came off the bench in a Carling Cup defeat by Hartlepool at the Ricoh Arena in August 2009 before signing his first professional contract in March 2010. His first taste of action in the Championship came as a substitute in Coventry’s 2-0 reverse by QPR in December 2010. Wilson spent the second half of 2010-11 on loan to Kettering Town in the Blue Square Premier, notching his first professional goal in their 4-3 home win over Histon in March 2011. He netted once in three games during a one-month loan spell with Blue Square Premier outfit Tamworth in January 2012, his stay cut short after he had fractured his foot. In 2012-13, and following Coventry’s relegation to League One, Wilson forced his way into the first-team picture. He made 12 appearances in all competitions and netted his first league goal in a 2-2 draw with Colchester at the Ricoh in March 2013. The frontman’s breakthrough campaign came in 2013-14 when he topped the Sky Blues goalscoring charts by plundering 22 in 41 games, including 21 in 37 starts in League One. He was named in the PFA League One team of the season and voted Coventry’s player of the year. His exploits earned him his move to the Cherries and Wilson took the Championship by storm in his first season with the Dorset club. A debut double in a 4-0 win at Huddersfield on the opening day of 2014-15 gave supporters a taste of what was to come. Wilson netted 23 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions, including 20 in 45 games in the Championship as the Cherries lifted the title and clinched promotion to the top flight for the first time in the club’s history. The striker earned international recognition when he replaced Harry Kane in the 66th minute of England under-21s’ 3-2 defeat by France in a friendly in Brest in November 2014. He finished 2014-15 as joint-fourth highest goalscorer in the Championship alongside Rudy Gestede (Blackburn) and Odion Ighalo (Watford), the trio seven behind Daryl Murphy (Ipswich) and one short of Troy Deeney (Watford) and Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn). Wilson took the step up in his stride, bagging five goals in his first six games in the Premier League at the start of 2015-16. His haul included a first career hat-trick in the Cherries’ maiden win in the top flight, a 4-3 victory against West Ham at Upton Park in August 2015. But his flying start came to a shattering end when Wilson ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the early stages of a 2-1 defeat at Stoke City in September 2015, which ruled him out for six months. He returned in April 2016 and featured in the final six Premier League games of the season. Having notched six goals in 20 Premier League games in the first half of 2016-17, Wilson was struck down by another serious injury when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in February 2017, which sidelined him for almost nine months. He returned in October 2017 and netted a penalty on his comeback in a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough in the Carabao Cup. Wilson plundered his second Premier League hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Huddersfield at Vitality Stadium in November 2017. With eight goals, he finished 2017-18 as the club’s joint leading marksman in the Premier League, a tally matched by Joshua King. An impressive start to 2018-19, which saw Wilson net seven times in the Cherries’ first 11 Premier League games of the season, earned him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad. And Wilson celebrated his first full cap by completing the scoring in a 3-0 win for the Three Lions in a friendly against USA at Wembley in November 2018. Wilson scored his 50th goal for the Cherries during the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United at Vitality Stadium in November 2018. And he netted a stunning opener, arguably his best goal in a Cherries shirt, in a 2-0 win over West Ham in January 2019.
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