West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen has been snubbed by Gareth Southgate in the latest England squad for the October internationals.
Bowen has been one of West Ham’s star players this season.
Last month West Ham boss David Moyes confirmed media reports from the likes of The Evening Standard that Bowen was very close to an England call-up.
So close that the West Ham star was placed on standby by Southgate.
“Gareth Southgate was among those keeping a close eye on the 24-year-old and was impressed enough to put him on standby for an England call up before naming his squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers,” The Evening Standard reported last month.
“Bowen did not make the 25-man squad… but Southgate is considering giving him his first international call up if his form continues.”
Since then Bowen has gone from strength to strength, showing ferocious work rate, quality, pace and energy for West Ham.
But he has once again been snubbed after Southgate announced his squad for games against Andorra and Hungary on Thursday afternoon.
Jesse Lingard has been called up despite hardly featuring for Manchester United.
Jadon Sancho has been called up despite a woeful start to life at Man United.
Chelsea’s Mason Mount has been called up despite reports he is injured. So it could be that Bowen has a chance if he is once again on Southgate’s standby list.
West Ham hero Declan Rice is once again in the squad – and likely one of the first names in the England starting XI.
Southgate was not asked about Bowen in his press conference.
But it is a real shame for the in-form Hammer who has clearly been inspired by talk of being in and around the squad.
Now it is up to Bowen to go out and prove to Southgate he has made the wrong decision in games against Rapid Wien and Brentford before the Three Lions meet up next week.