EDDIE Howe urged Callum Wilson to focus on his performances for Cherries in a bid to enhance his Euro 2020 chances.

The Cherries frontman ended a 15-game top-flight scoring drought after finding the net against Brighton on Tuesday.

Wilson has been a regular member of Gareth Southgate’s recent squads, having won four senior caps for his country.

The Three Lions currently have skipper Harry Kane out with a hamstring problem, while fellow striker Tammy Abraham is nursing an ankle problem.

Wilson, who scored against Luton in the 4-0 FA Cup third round victory earlier this month, could turn out in the fourth round against Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on Monday (8pm).

Quizzed on whether Wilson could be capable of leading the charge for England, manager Howe said: “I think it’s all going to depend on how Callum plays between now and the summer.

“My message to him would be to just concentrate on playing well for us, scoring goals for us and doing what he does very well.

“The standout thing for me was his all-round game against Brighton. He held the ball up, worked incredibly hard. He was a real threat, a real menace the whole game and got his reward.

“If he continues along that line, he will go very close.”

Asked if he had seen a change in the 27-year-old’s mood since getting back among the goals, the boss replied: “To be honest with Callum, Callum is always upbeat.

“I am not just saying that - he is that type of character.

“He is always smiling, always bouncing into training, I have had no problem with Callum in terms of his mood and how he’s felt.

“I am sure he will be delighted to score because he lives for scoring goals. That would have made him feel better internally but he never lets that show externally.”