FORMER England striker Chris Sutton believes Callum Wilson should be higher up the Three Lions pecking order.

The Cherries frontman scored his seventh goal in 13 games in all competitions this season during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United.

Gareth Southgate is on Thursday set to name his squad for fixtures against the United States and Croatia.

And Sutton, who played once for England at senior level and won the Premier League with Blackburn in 1995, thinks the 26-year-old should get his chance.

He told the BBC: “I would say 'why is Callum Wilson not getting an opportunity ahead of the likes of Danny Welbeck?'

“I think he deserves the opportunity.

“When you think that Jamie Vardy has chosen to step down from England. You look at Harry Kane and then other strikers which have come into the reckoning this season, like Troy Deeney and Glenn Murray.

“Callum Wilson is a different type of player to them with pace and power but he’s clever in the way he plays. His movement and link-up is good.”

England assistant manager Steve Holland reportedly watched Wilson in action against the Red Devils.

The Cherries star took just 11 minutes to open the scoring when he slotted home Junior Stanislas’s cross.