Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson has been praised for his ‘unselfish’ goal contribition at the World Cup – but was it the right thing to do?
TalkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist has questioned the decision-making of Newcastle United star Callum Wilson after his England goal contribution off the bench against Iran.
However, McCoist does believe it was a moment of ‘brilliance’ in terms of team play, even if, as a former striker, he would not have done the same.
Wilson broke the Iranian defensive line in typical fashion with his pace and power, drove at goal before squaring to Jack Grealish as England netted their sixth goal in the 6-2 at the FIFA World Cup on Monday.
And while McCoist thinks Wilson did the right thing, he does not think many would have done in the same position.
‘We both shake our head’
“I’m sitting having a bite to eat with [Ian Wright] Wrighty, and we’re watching it [the England game],” said former Rangers and Scotland legend McCoist, who is working with the radio station and doing co-commentary at the tournament for ITV.
“Callum Wilson gets put through for Grealish’s goal, he squares it to Grealish, and before Grealish finishes it, Wrighty looks at me, I look at him, and we both shake our head.
“He goes, ‘We’re never passing that, are we?’.
“To be fair to Callum Wilson it was brilliant, wasn’t it? I mean he just looked up, I’m thinking to myself, first tournament, first big opportunity he’s got to have a shot at goal.
“But he didn’t, he took totally the correct option.”
Will Wilson start v USA?
Wilson earned his fifth cap for England in the encounter, replacing Harry Kane in the second period. He has one international goal to his name, interestingly scored against USA, who the Three Lions face next in the tournament.
Wilson is again expected to start the game on the bench, with Tottenham Hotspur frontman Kane coming through a fitness scare. Kane injured his ankle in the Iran win, but a scan showed no lasting damage.