Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe backs Joe Willock to earn England call-up

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Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has backed Joe Willock to earn an England call-up.

Willock returned to the beginning lineup final weekend for Newcastle’s 2-1 residence victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 23-year-old obtained reward for his efficiency within the slim win, as he supplied an help for Miguel Almiron‘s 79th-minute winner.

Willock has represented England at youth stage, together with the Beneath-21 aspect, however he’s nonetheless but to obtain a call-up to the senior setup.

Talking forward of Friday’s Premier League away assembly with Nottingham Forest, Howe has acknowledged that he believes Willock is nice sufficient to play at worldwide stage.

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe on February 26, 2023.

“That positively needs to be an intention of his,” Howe mentioned. “I believe he had the potential to do it.”

“For Joe, he has areas to enhance, as all gamers do within the squad. It’s there for him. He’s younger sufficient and he has potential to develop.

“Since my time right here, he has been wonderful and his sport has improved. I believe he has bought extra to go. He can get extra targets, he can help extra, particularly the place he’s enjoying in, he has these moments and possibilities.

“The aim he scored in opposition to Chelsea was an excellent end, and if he can add just a few extra moments like that to his sport, he will likely be knocking on the door.”

Willock’s look ahead to a global call-up will go on although, after the midfielder failed to make Southgate’s squad for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers in opposition to Italy and Ukraine.

Newcastle United's Joe Willock celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on November 12, 2022.

The previous Arsenal man has featured often for the Magpies this season, scoring two targets and contributing three assists in 32 aggressive appearances.

Commenting on Willock’s skill, Howe added: “He can get across the pitch brilliantly, he dovetails into a large space for us too, pure rotation into these areas. That versatility to his sport is essential, he isn’t a one-dimensional participant in any respect.”

Willock is predicted to begin in opposition to Forest on Friday, however Howe will likely be unable to name upon the companies of Joelinton, who will serve the ultimate sport of a two-match suspension.

Howe lately confirmed that Anthony Gordon will miss a second straight sport due to an ankle harm, which he picked up in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City at first of the month.

Newcastle presently occupy fifth place within the Premier League desk with 4 factors separating them from fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who’ve performed two video games extra.