Bowen receives his first England call-up

West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen has been called up by England boss, Gareth Southgate ahead of the Three Lions’ forthcoming Nations League matches against Hungary, Germany and Italy.

The former Hull City frontman lead the scoring charts at the London Stadium this season, finding the net on eighteen occasions as the East Londoners reached the semi-final of the UEFA Europa League and secured Europa Conference football with a seventh-place finish.

It’s unreal!” Bowen told www.whufc.com.

“I’ve had a good season and a good couple of years, and I’ve always wanted to play for England, but getting to the national team is harder than almost anything else in football, so for it to happen is the icing on the cake.

“The media had been saying I was in the frame, and that’s all good, but you’ve got to do it week-in, week-out and show the manager why you deserve to get the call-up. It wasn’t until Gareth Southgate called me and I saw my name on that squad list that I knew it was official and I could believe it!

Bowen added: “I knew I was close in March but then I got injured, so I missed out. I was hoping to get the call so I didn’t plan a holiday on the off chance, came home to Herefordshire and that meant I could enjoy the moment with my family and friends.

“I never thought that two years down the line from signing for West Ham that this would happen, but my mentality has always been that nothing is too far away. Now, I need to come in, hit the ground running and show Gareth Southgate and his staff what I am all about.”

Bowen’s West Ham teammate, Declan Rice is again named in the squad. Meanwhile, in other news from the club, former England left-back, Stuart Pearce has confirmed that he will stand down from his role as assistant manager at teh London Stadium.

England squad to face Hungary, Germany and Italy, in full:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester City), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace – loan from Chelsea), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Brian Jeeves

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