Connor Wickham has refused to rule out the chances of him making Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016, as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.
Despite struggling with a long-term injury for much of this season, the former Sunderland man is thought to be close to a first-team return, having begun training with the squad again recently, and has seemingly already set his sights on the national team this summer.
It will no doubt be dismissed as fanciful from Wickham, given the fact that he is still waiting for his first ever goal in red and blue, but his confidence is certainly something that will please Alan Pardew, after a spell in which the club have been desperately searching for a regular source of goals.
Whilst he may never have shown himself to be what many would consider prolific, there is little debate over the physical presence Wickham brings to any team, with his display in our August win over Chelsea going a long way to vindicating the decision of Alan Pardew to splash out in an attempt to bring him to SE25.
Without scoring, the striker posed a constant threat to the Blues back-line, allowing the likes of Zaha, Bolasie and Sako to pile forward when the occasion called for it, resulting in a goal for the latter which put us into a well deserved lead midway through the second period.
It is that sort of threat and power which makes Andy Carroll such a highly prized asset to West Ham when he is match fit, offering something different to the standard mould of a pacey, diminutive front-man. Should Wickham be able to stay match ready between now and May, there really is no way of telling how well he could do, considering the fact that our tactical set-up appears perfectly suited to his game.
The Ipswich academy man is certainly backing himself for success. I wouldn’t bet against him as things stand.