West Ham manager David Moyes has admitted that he is desperate for Jarrod Bowen to get the call-up for the England national team.
The 25-year-old was in sensational form for the Hammers last season, bagging 18 goals and 13 assists in 51 appearances (Transfermarkt).
As a reward for his fine form, Bowen was included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Nation’s League fixtures in June, and he earned four caps for his country.
The former Hull City ace has looked much better over the past month though, and is slowly starting to show signs that he’s getting back to somewhere near his best.
And Moyes has highlighted how much he’s rooting for the West Ham attacker…
West Ham boss David Moyes wants Jarrod Bowen to make the England squad
Moyes has been speaking to the media ahead of the Hammers’ clash with Bournemouth at the London Stadium tonight.
And the Scot responded when asked about Bowen’s recent resurgence in a West Ham shirt, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
I think Jarrod has done well in recent weeks. I know the penalty draws attention to him, but he is doing a lot of good things. Jarrod’s trying really hard to give Gareth a big decision to make. He is pushing, his form has got better. Jarrod has been really important for us. Jarrod wants to score. He has got that feeling at the moment. He has stepped up. He has scored a couple of goals when you least expect it. If you are the manager of England you need someone with that possibility. I can only look at Jarrod and say how much he has looked to improve. He has been very much part of the journey from a team third-fourth bottom of the Premier League to a team challenging to be fourth-fifth. I get a great thrill from any of the players we bring in – especially from the lower leagues – who go on to be England internationals. For a manager, I don’t know if it gets much better. You need people who are not going to sulk. People who are going to train hard. People who can’t wait to come on as a substitute. You have all the right characteristics with Jarrod whether it be a starter or a non-starter. I am desperate for him to play for England.
That’s what you call a big vote of confidence from your manager!
If Bowen is to make the England World Cup squad, he really does need to start racking up the goals and assists consistently over the course of the next few weeks.
He has five goals to his name in 16 games in all competitions now this season (Transfermarkt). And the challenge for him now will be to register at least three or four more goals and a few assists before the Premier League breaks for the World Cup on November 12th.
Whether that will be enough for Jarrod Bowen to force his way into the England team remains to be seen though.