CALLUM Wilson admits not playing for a top six club made him more determined to prove himself during England training.

The Cherries striker received his third call-up for the national team this week as part of a provisional 27-man squad for this summer’s Nations League finals.

Wilson has already earned two caps and netted on his international debut, in a friendly against USA in November at Wembley.

And he says not coming from one of the established elite added an extra incentive when he first set foot at St George’s Park.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Wilson said: “When you go into a set-up like that, as a player who has come through the leagues and is not playing for a top six team, you always want to show your worth.

“Not just to the management but to the players as well and feel like you should be there and feel like you should be in their company.

“To go and play and then score and play well, that helped massively to settle in and probably make myself feel a bit more relaxed.

“Everyone else around me was fine, it’s probably your own self-belief.”

He added: “The first call-up was nice. It feels like all the hard work you’ve put in throughout your career, not just overcoming the adversity that I did but from the points of going out on loan to non-league to working my way up, it just feels like I’ve got to the top.

“Now it’s about trying to make an impact there and stay there really for as long as possible throughout your career.”