07/06/2022

West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen said his first call-up in England was his childhood dream.

Bowen scored 12 goals in the Premier League last season and was rewarded with a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for upcoming Nations League matches.

It’s everything,” said the 25-year-old.

“It’s everything you dream about when you grow up and of course to get a call is an honor and a privilege.”

Bowen started his National League career with Hereford before moving to Hull in 2016 and finally gets a Premier League opportunity at West Ham in January 2020.

Southgate said last week that his call-up for matches against Hungary, Germany and Italy was overdue and that if he had not been injured he would have been considered in the final international window in March.

Bowen will be joined in the England squad by Hammers captain Declan Rice, who has been linked with a move from the London Stadium.

“I don’t see that as a distraction for December,” Bowen added.

“I have seen how good he is in the European Championship and this season he has risen to a new level. You want to play with the best players and I want to play with him in my team as well as in England.”

Bowen made his first call-up just months before he named Southgate to his squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

“Of course I thought about it [the World Cup]Bowen admitted.

“For me it does not come and go, it is my first camp. The Nations League is also a great tournament and you want to be successful in every tournament.”