England team vs San Marino: Gareth Southgate has missed a huge opportunity to see what West Ham ace Jarrod Bowen is made of.
The 24-year-old Hammers attacker has been absolutely brilliant this season, especially over the past month or so.
Bowen is an incredibly hard worker but he has genuine quality as well.
The former Hull City ace has bagged three goals and five assists in 15 games for sar this season (Transfermarkt).
For some reason though, Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate chose to ignore Jarrod once again.
Considering the fact that Southgate picked his squad for games against European minnows Albania and San Marino, it really is baffling that he wasn’t more experimental.
England team vs San Marino proves massive Southgate error
Tonight’s clash with San Marino would have been the ideal time for the Three Lions boss to find out more about Bowen.
England obviously have plenty of attacking talent.
One area where we perhaps need more competition is on the right wing, especially left-footed right wingers.
Southgate has Arsenal ace Bukayo Saka and Manchester City star Phil Foden who can play in that role.
Foden is better when playing on the left, however, and is mostly deployed their by Pep Guardiola for City.
Bowen would have given Southgate a completely different option. His unmatched work ethic and tracking back would enable Southgate to play with a back four rather than a five.
Because Southgate hasn’t included Bowen in his England squad for this round of World Cup qualifiers, he won’t be able to see what he would have had to offer.
It will be the same old players starting once again. So what will the England boss learn that he doesn’t already know?
Perhaps if Bowen played for one of the so-called ‘big six’, he would have earned a handful of caps already.
The ironic thing is that West Ham are shattering the status quo in the Premier League at the moment. So perhaps Bowen will get his call up to the England squad if we finish inside the top four!
The most important thing for Jarrod is that he keeps producing the goods for David Moyes at the London Stadium.
And if he does that, it will surely only be a matter of time.