Bowen and Justin are called to England; Only 1 Man United player
LONDON (AP) — Jarrod Bowen was rewarded for his breakthrough season at West Ham by winning his first call-up for…
LONDON (AP) — Jarrod Bowen was rewarded for his breakthrough season at West Ham by earning his first call-up to the England squad ahead of four Nations League games next month.
Bowen, who has scored 12 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League, was joined in England’s 27-man squad by Leicester full-back James Justin.
Manchester United’s collapse as a Premier League force was symbolized by the side having only one representative in the squad – Harry Maguire – with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw all overlooked.
From June 4-11, England will face Hungary twice as well as Italy and Germany in their Nations League group. Group play ends in September.
It marked the penultimate announcement of the squad by England coach Gareth Southgate before he announced that his squad will take part in the World Cup in Qatar in November and December.
Bowen is making a late run for the World Cup after playing for West Ham on the right wing this season, with his total number of goal contributions – 22 – beaten only by four Premier League players: Mohamed Salah, Son Heung- min, Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne.
With no specialist left-back called up by Southgate, Justin has gotten the call for his versatility – he can play both left and right – and will likely compete with Kieran Trippier for a starting spot.
Justin returned to competition in January after a year out with a right anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Centre-back Fikayo Tomori is back in the squad after helping AC Milan win the Italian league in his first full season in Serie A.
Tammy Abraham, who also plays in Italy with Roma, has been chosen to replace captain Harry Kane as a centre-forward ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has missed most of the season with Everton through injury.
Sancho and Rashford paid the price for a poor season for United, who finished sixth with 58 points – their lowest tally since the Premier League was founded in 1992. Maguire retained his place in the squad, as as one of five centre-backs, despite his fall. by United for some games towards the end of the campaign.
Sancho missed the last games of the season due to illness.
England play Hungary on June 4, Germany on June 7, Italy at home on June 11 and Hungary at home on June 14.
The England-Italy game is a repeat of last year’s European Championship final, but will be played in an empty stadium as punishment for the crowd disturbances that marred the title match at the stadium. Wembley in July.
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton), Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace), Reece James (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Grealish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
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