Clueless Gareth Southgate throws West Ham star Jarrod Bowen under the bus with half-time hook in another drab England display.
West Ham fans have been highly critical of Southgate for the length of time it took him to give Bowen his maiden England call-up.
Southgate is painfully out of his depth tactically as an international coach. He got the job despite having zero pedigree as a club manager.
England have had a golden generation of talent over the last six years with West Ham stars Declan Rice and Bowen two of a host of top players available for selection.
They really could and should have ended the country’s long wait for some glory.
Some of the former defender’s selections, systems and setup beggar belief.
He is far too cautious and persists with his favourites much to the annoyance of fans.
It sums Southgate up that having brought Bowen into the Three Lions setup for the mind-numbingly boring Nations League campaign he has not really used the West Ham man. And certainly not properly.
Bowen was excellent on his debut in a defeat to Hungary but then only played a bit-part role off the bench in draws with Germany and Italy.
West Ham fans slammed Southgate for dropping their star attacker. But Hammers supporters were happy to see Bowen starting again in the reverse fixture against the Hungarians at Wolves’s Molineux.
As usual England were far too passive and negative with the same old double defensive midfield pivot when it is clearly not needed against lesser opposition.
Bowen was bright in the first half but lacked his usual cut and thrust when on the ball at times.
He was certainly no worse than any of his below par teammates, though, with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka having yet another woeful match.
Former West Ham star Joe Cole put it perfectly at half-time when he criticised Southgate’s tactics saying the strategy was starving Bowen of the ball and the chance to be a threat.
England were trailing 1-0 at half-time.
And quelle surprise when clueless Southgate threw West Ham star Bowen under the bus with a half-time hook that will do absolutely nothing for his confidence.
Bowen took the inevitable coating on social media from the armchair fans of rival clubs who copy and paste their opinions from other supporters equally lacking in knowledge of the game.
His first England squad and Bowen gets hauled off like some failed experiment. Have a word with yourself Gareth.
Southgate brought Raheem Sterling on in Bowen’s place and he did the square root of sweet nothing – just like Saka, Mason Mount and the woeful Harry Kane. And Jack Grealish didn’t even get a look in as England went on to be embarrassed 4-0 and booed off the pitch.
Before they were, though, the England crowd at Molineux aimed chants of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’ at Southgate.
Most West Ham fans would likely wholeheartedly agree.
Bowen may feel he had it all to prove to Southgate. But he has nothing to prove to West Ham and that’s all he needs to focus on now.