Jarrod Bowen’s West Ham form is making him hard for England manager Gareth Southgate to ignore

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  • Gareth Southgate
    English association football player and manager
  • Jarrod Bowen
    English association football player
  • Jack Grealish
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  • Jadon Sancho
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  • Marcus Rashford
    Marcus Rashford
    English association football player
Making an impression: Jarrod Bowen has been in sensational form for West Ham of late  (AP)
Making an impression: Jarrod Bowen has been in sensational form for West Ham of late (AP)

At the start of a World Cup year, Jarrod Bowen is becoming hard for Gareth Southgate to ignore.

Bowen strengthened his claims for an England call-up as he continued his superb form with two goals against Norwich to lift West Ham back into the top four.

The winger now has five goals and seven assists in the Premier League this season: that is more than Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish combined.

His involvement in 16 goals in all competitions this season is more than any English player at a Premier League club, and he could hardly be doing more to earn an England call-up.

Bowen has been placed on standby for England squads this season, but the 25-year-old is showing improvements every week.

He has become one of the most consistent performers in the top-flight, has become more composed in the penalty area and is constantly working on new ways to trouble defences.

"He's always practising his finishing and he's always trying different things, he is really keen to watch all his actions," said West Ham manager David Moyes after Bowen made the difference against Norwich. "He's doing it after all the games to see how he can improve.”

After his two goals agianst Norwich, West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski said: "He is so direct but I think what he has improved is his finishing, the quality of his runs and the timing of his runs.

"The final bits as well are there. He is strong and powerful, we are happy to have him. Any defender that plays against him struggles a bit so he has become a big threat and in my opinion he really deserves a chance with the national team as well.”

Southgate is blessed with attacking options. On top of Sancho, Rashford and Grealish, there is Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount, among others.

While he has become a more regular contributor of goals and assists, Bowen knows he needs to keep that output up until Southgate names his next squad in March.

If he does that, an England call-up surely beckons.

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