Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson tipped for England call-up after terrorising Sunderland

AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal
AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal
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Beaming Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has tipped Callum Wilson for an England call-up after watching him terrorise the Sunderland defence.

Wilson scored the opening goal at Dean court - his fifth of the Premier League campaign - in the fourth minute, having expertly turned Younes Kaboul before firing low past Costel Pantilimon.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

It was another fine finish from the in-form striker, who is the leading English scorer in the league.

The Sunderland back line struggled to contain his pace and quick feet all afternoon and paid the price, leaving the Black Cats bottom.

Howe heaped praise on Wilson following the 2-0 win.

When quizzed on whether Wilson should receive an England call, Howe said: “It is not up to me to decide.

He did well for the first goal and showed his strength to roll the defender and it was a superb finish.

Eddie Howe

“But I would certainly push him and ask him to be considered due to the start he has had.

“He has all the attributes that a modern day striker needs, he is very quick, and you have seen that.

“He did well for the first goal and showed his strength to roll the defender and it was a superb finish.

“Callum is full of confidence at the moment.

“It is great we are playing at this level and our players are being talked about.

“Callum’s potential is limitless, he is strong quick and a good finisher.

“One of his features was his hold up play, his link-up play was as good as I’ve seen it. He is still young and needs to keep it level headed and do the right things.

“If he does, only good things will happen.”

The goal of the game was scored by Matt Ritchie, who chested the ball down before unleashing an unstoppable 20-yard volley past Pantilimon in the ninth minute to effectively kill the game off.

Howe added: “Matt has an outstanding left foot and hits the ball so hard and cleanly, it wasn’t a total surprise.

“It was a wonderful goal.”

Bournemouth’s first home league win in the top flight saw them go five points clear of Sunderland, with many pundits tipping the Cherries to be involved in a relegation dog-fight this season.

And the importance of the win wasn’t lost on Howe, who added: “Our home form, every season, regardless of which division is hugely important and you have to be confident at home.

“And deliver good performances in front of your home crowd and get points.

“This goes a long way to giving those players a boost when they needed it.”