ENGLAND fans were left with their hearts in mouth yet again after Callum Wilson was substituted at half-time for Newcastle.

The Three Lions World Cup hopeful came off at the break in the game at Southampton.

Callum Wilson was taken off at half-time against Southampton

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Callum Wilson was taken off at half-time against SouthamptonCredit: Rex

Wilson, 30, was replaced up front by Chris Wood.

But it was revealed after Newcastle’s thumping 4-1 win that Wilson was taken off because he was feeling unwell.

The six-goal striker had recently been suffering from a cold.

Boss Eddie Howe revealed Wilson felt light-headed during the first half at St. Mary’s

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Wilson had said earlier in the week on The Footballer’s Football Podcast: “I feel a little run down this week, so I need to make sure no illness kicks in fully, clear that out.”

Toon gaffer Howe said on his striker ahead of the game: “Yeah, I think he’s OK. He’s had a little cold.

“It’s funny how everything gets around, especially if you do a podcast! Finger crossed, he’ll be OK.”

England fans were left hoping Wilson was still just feeling the effects from the cold.

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One wrote on Twitter: “Really hope @CallumWilson just still under the weather.”

Another said: “Callum Wilson off. Pray that’s because he isn’t feeling well.”

Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate was in the stands at St. Mary’s watching the game.

Wilson, who has two assists to go with his six goals this season, missed five games earlier this term with a hamstring injury.

The ex-Bournemouth forward is a strong candidate for a seat on the plane to Qatar, despite it being two years since his last England appearance.

There was also brief concern for Kieran Trippier, who is expected to be in Southgate’s squad.

He was treated by physios and had one hand on his hamstring just before the break, but thankfully for England and Newcastle, the right-back managed to play on.

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The Three Lions are already without Ben Chilwell for the tournament, which gets underway in just two weeks.

Reece James is also a major doubt as he battles to recover from a knee injury in time to play a part.



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