The Newcastle striker was one of the more notable inclusions in Gareth Southgate’s larger-than-usual 26-man England squad, and will be competing with Marcus Rashford to be captain Kane’s understudy during the finals.
Tottenham striker Kane rarely takes time out and will be reluctant to miss any minutes in Qatar, as he chases Wayne Rooney’s all-time England goal record and another World Cup Golden Boot.
But there is a distinct possibility that he will need a rest at some point, having played more minutes than any other top-flight player in the first half of the season.
England arrive in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup 2022
Wilson said: “I’m excited and honoured to be going to the World Cup, but it is also one of those where you are going there to do a job as well. You’re not going there to be in awe of everything.
“You’re going there to get the job done, and when you are called upon you have to be ready to grasp the opportunity with both hands and be ready for what is in front of you. It is something I am determined to do.”
Wilson has not been capped since October 2019 but has been in fine club form, scoring six times in the first half of the campaign. The 30-year-old, who has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, also revealed he wrote ‘Pack for Qatar’ in his diary four months ago.
“The timing couldn’t have been any better,” he added. “I was going through my diary the other day — I hadn’t used it for a few months — and I had actually written on Sunday’s date ‘Pack for Qatar’. I just believe in the power of visualisation and those positive affirmations. A few weeks ago, people were asking me where I was going in the winter break and I said, ‘Qatar’.”
England were due to train in Qatar for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, after being greeted by hundreds of fans on arriving at their training base last night.
Gareth Southgate’s squad were this morning acclimatising to the five-star Souq Al-Wakrah resort before training at 4.30pm local time in a bid to avoid the worst of the heat.
Kyle Walker is understood to be England’s only doubt to take part in the session, with manager Southgate having already suggested that the Manchester City defender may not be fit for the opening game against Iran on Monday as he continues his recovery from groin surgery.
James Maddison, meanwhile, has played down fears over the knock which forced him off in Leicester’s win over West Ham at the weekend.
Southgate and his players were met outside their hotel by scores of jubilant Indian expats in England shirts, who rejected claims on social media that they are being paid for their support.