Sunderland boss Poyet backing Wickham for World Cup
Poyet believes the England Under-21 international should at least be considered as an alternative to the likes of Rickie Lambert and Andy Carroll when Roy Hodgson announces his squad a week on Monday.
He said: "When you set up a squad, you need options. Depending on which players are available, you will need someone with pace, someone who is big who can hold the ball, someone in the box and someone who can drop.
"He (Hodgson) is going to have to pick one or two box players. Then is it Carroll? Is it Lambert? Is it Connor?
"What he's doing well is putting his name in there. Back in the Premier League, that's what he wanted to do and has not been able to in the last three years."
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