England have called up West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen and Leicester City defender James Justin for the first time in manager Gareth Southgate’s squad.
West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen recieved his maiden call up in England squad for Nations League (Ruters)
- Gareth Southgate named England squad for four Nations League matches
- England called up Bowen and Justin for the first time in the squad
- England will play Hungary, Italy, and Germany in the UEFA Nations League next month
West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen and Leicester City defender James Justin were handed a maiden call-up to the England national team, with Gareth Southgate confirming his squad for matches against Hungary, Italy, and Germany in the UEFA Nations League next month.
Bowen had a fine season for West Ham, finishing the campaign as the club’s top scorer with 18 goals in all competitions and helping the club reach the Europa League semi-finals.
“We were certainly thinking about involving him (Bowen) in March before he got injured,” Southgate told a news conference at Wembley. “He’s a goal threat, he’s direct,” he added of Bowen, who came through the ranks at Hereford United and Hull City.
“His journey is really interesting in terms of the experiences he’s had. It’s a reminder you don’t just have to be at an elite academy and come along that pathway. Playing in the lower divisions and having that experience is a great route to go.
“He works incredibly hard for the team, which we want all our forward players to do. He’s thoroughly deserved his call up.”
There is also a recall for defender Fikayo Tomori, who has just helped AC Milan win their first Serie A title in 11 years.
In total, there are five players included who can play at right-back and no natural left-back, although Justin has played in that position for Leicester.
England opens their Nations League Group 3 campaign against Hungary on June 4 in Budapest, behind closed doors due to incidents during Hungary’s Euro 2020 games at the Puskas Arena, followed by a trip to Germany three days later.
“There’s always a possibility that someone emerges before then (the World Cup). There will still be six weeks at the start of the season before the September camp… There’s still time, less time to get those experiences but I wouldn’t rule that out,” he said.