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How going out on loan has been the making of England players like Callum Wilson

Callum Wilson has never forgotten the smell of the burgers and chips. Playing on loan from Coventry City at Kettering Town, the striker would be sprinting upfield and get a waft of the fast food being wolfed down by the non-Leaguers’ fans at the Elgoods Brewery Arena.

The smell of success, of representing England, could have seemed very distant in 2011 as the 19-year-old Wilson turned out in the modest ground on Rockingham Road with its local ads for Carmaster Motorist Centre (“Open 364 days”), Pino Plant diggers and Anglian Compressors (“For all your compressed air ne”).

“There were people standing around the edges of the pitch, and you could smell burgers and chips when you’re running up and down the line,” Wilson, now 27,…