AFC Bournemouth: Callum Wilson delight at Under-21 call-up

Callum Wilson scores against West Brom
Callum Wilson scored against West Brom to help send Bournemouth to their first ever League Cup quarter-final

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson says it is a dream come true to earn his first call-up to England's Under-21 squad.

Wilson, 22, has been named for the fixtures against Portugal and France.

He has 11 goals since his summer move from Coventry and may become the first Cherries player to represent the U21s since current boss Eddie Howe.

"It's something every player dreams about, getting to represent your country is a fantastic achievement," Wilson told BBC Radio Solent.

England Under-21 squad
Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Derby County, loan from Stoke City).
Defenders: Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United, loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley, loan from Manchester United), Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, loan from Newcastle United), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town, loan from QPR).
Midfielders: Tom Carroll (Swansea City, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Burnley, loan from Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Thomas Ince (Nottingham Forest, loan from Hull City), Alex Pritchard (Brentford, loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).
Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, loan from Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Ings (Burnley), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

Wilson admitted to being surprised at the call-up to Gareth Southgate's squad but hopes he can show what he is capable of ahead of the 2015 European Championships in Czech Republic.

"It's nice to see my hard work getting some recognition," he added.

"It was a bit of a surprise as I have never played for England at any level before. I had a good month. I've got the shout so it's nice. I tend to not think about it and concentrate on the games and take it day by day.

"Hopefully I'll be involved, my plans for getting a haircut have gone out the window but I can arrange it for another time. Hopefully I can do well and show people what I'm all about."

Howe, whose side currently sit top of the Championship, added: "It's a really nice thing for Callum personally, it's a great experience, it's an eye-opener having done it myself.

"I think he deserves it and it is really good for the club that he is getting that recognition and the players are getting plaudits for what they are doing."

Meanwhile, Cherries defender Baily Cargill has also earned his first international call-up to the Under-20 side.

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