Moyes unmoved by 'Bowen for England' calls

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 13th January 2022

West Ham manager David Moyes has expressed his relative indifference regarding repeated calls for Jarrod Bowen to be selected by England following his Man of the Match display against Norwich City.

United's number 11 grabbed a brace, saw another effort disallowed for offside hit the woodwork twice against the Premier League's bottom club at the London Olympic Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Yet Moyes' admits his only concern is that Bowen, one of the league's most in-form players continues his good form at domestic level.

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"It is a decision for Gareth [Southgate]," said the boss when asked about Bowen's chances of finally representing his country. "But at the moment Jarrod is probably getting closer to making people say 'we are going to have to look to see what he can do.'

"He is a wide player who not only puts crosses in or assists, but has added assists and is back on a bit of goal form which we needed. Antonio has been scoring, recently Lanzini has a few and Jarrod is now beginning to find the net again so it is great we are spreading the goals around the team.

"Sometimes you need people who are slightly different. People who can score and make goals for any team are so important, and he is doing it at the highest level. The Premier League is as good as any league in Europe, so I don't think he'll be too far away in England's thoughts.

"But the most important thing is that he keeps playing well for West Ham - because if he keeps doing well for West Ham, then he will keep getting recognised by the media and by his country as well. So I just hope that he keeps doing well for us."

And the boss attributed Bowen's fine form to his determination to improve his all-round game.

"He is always out [on the training ground] finishing," revealed Moyes. "He's always practising, his finishing and he's always trying different things, he is really keen to watch all his actions.

"He's doing it after all the games to see how he can improve. But he's a quiet lad. He's not hugely vocal but he is very much part of the team. Whether it be through watching what he needs to do better or whether it be on the training ground, he is very keen to try and improve.

Still, Moyes feels that Bowen has a lot more in his locker - and felt, even though he could've potentially grabbed a double hat-trick against the Canaries, his performance wasn't perfect.

"I didn't think he played well in the first half, but I thought he made a big difference in the second," addid the boss.

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