Callum Wilson breaks 16-year Newcastle United record after clever Kieran Trippier move

Newcastle United’s Callum Wilson was back amongst the goals on the international stage as England beat Malta 4-0 in the Euro 2024 qualifying match in Valletta.
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Wilson came off the bench to replace Harry Kane on the hour mark with England already 3-0 up thanks to a Ferdinando Apap own goal, a Trent Alexander-Arnold strike and a Kane penalty. And in the closing stages of the match, the Newcastle striker won another penalty for England as his attempted cross was supposedly handed following a VAR check.

Kieran Trippier, who started the match, picked up the ball before handing it to his Newcastle team-mate who calmly converted his second England goal, four-and-a-half years after his first. It also saw Wilson become the first Magpies player to score for England’s senior team since Michael Owen against Russia in September 2007.

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The almost 16-year gap between the goals coincides with United’s lull under the ownership of Mike Ashley.

Between the two goals, there had been a void of Newcastle players representing England on the international stage. Alan Smith was called-up in 2007, Andy Carroll in 2010 and Andros Townsend in 2016, but none managed to find the net while playing for Newcastle.

The Magpies have had a resurgence following the October 2021 takeover and now boast a few England stars in their squad. Right-back Trippier has been a regular for England over the last six years while goalkeeper Nick Pope often gets called-up into the squad though he is currently out injured.

Wilson’s form for Newcastle saw him earn a call-up for the World Cup in Qatar last year before he missed out on the March internationals. But a stunning end to the season saw the 31-year-old score a career high 18 Premier League goals in a season which was rewarded by an England recall.

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Following the match, Wilson took to Instagram to post: “3 more points closer to qualificationNice to get back on the scoresheet for [England]! .”

The comfortable win keeps England top of their qualifying group as Wilson and Trippier now prepare to face North Macedonia at Old Trafford on Monday (7:45pm kick-off).