STAR striker Callum Wilson is vowing to block out the hype in order to maintain his flying start to life at Cherries.

The 22-year-old, who made a big-money move from hometown club Coventry City in the summer, has been the subject of much attention having burst on to the Championship scene with nine goals in 17 league starts.

Wilson’s fine form, which has included two further goals in Cherries’ record-breaking League Cup run, earned him October’s player-of-the-month award for the second tier and a first call-up for England under-21s.

Dean Court has become a hive of activity on the back of Cherries’ imperious march up the Championship but Wilson remains adamant he will keep his eyes on the prize during the media frenzy.

Wilson told the Daily Echo: “You dream of times like these when you start out but I tend not to think too far ahead.

“When I played in the Conference, I didn’t think about the next stage, my mind was on the job in hand and I treat playing in the Championship the same way.

“You notice training in better facilities and with better players but you don’t dwell on it too much because you might start feeling comfortable or complacent and that’s not the sort of person I am. I want to keep kicking on and be the best I can.

“There are more distractions the higher up you go and probably even more so in the Premier League. But when I go out on the pitch, I don’t really take in what is going on with everything else, I am just there to do my job.

“If you start taking in too much of the atmosphere and everything going on around you then it can affect your performances. I like to get my head down and stay focused on what I’m doing. I find it helps me.”

Wilson is part of the 22-man England under-21 squad for the home friendly against Portugal at Turf Moor tonight before travelling to Brittany to play France on Monday.

On his call-up, Wilson added: “I’m still over the moon. I have always dreamt of playing for my country and have always been injured when chances have come up in the past. It’s nice to see the hard work getting some recognition.

“When the staff let me know, it was a massive surprise and I didn’t know much about when or where it would all be happening but none of that matters. It is a chance to play for my country and I can’t wait to get involved.”