London, May 25 (BNA) Jarrod Bowen was awarded a prize for his outstanding season at West Ham by being called up for the first time to the England squad for four matches in the Nations League next month.
Bowen, who has scored 12 goals and made 10 assists in the Premier League, was joined in England’s 27-man squad by Leicester defender James Justin, according to the Associated Press.
It symbolizes Manchester United’s decline as a force in the Premier League by having only one representative in the squad – Harry Maguire – with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw overlooking.
From June 4-11, England play Hungary twice as well as Italy and Germany in their Nations League group. The collective play ends in September.
This was the team’s penultimate announcement by England manager Gareth Southgate before announcing that his group would take part in the World Cup finals in Qatar in November and December.
Bowen is making a late World Cup tour after shining with West Ham on the right wing this season, with a total of his goals – 22 – only four players have lost in the Premier League: Mohamed Salah, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne.
With not being called up for a specialist left-back by Southgate, Justin has taken the call for his versatility – he can play both left and right – and is likely to compete with Kieran Trippier for a springboard.
Justin returned to competition in January after a year off with a right anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Central defender Fikayo Tomori is back in the squad after helping Milan win Serie A in his first full season in Serie A.
Tammy Abraham, who also plays in Italy with Roma, has been named as a replacement for captain Harry Kane as the main striker ahead of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who missed most of the season with Everton through injury.
Sancho and Rashford were paid the price for a poor season by United, who finished sixth with 58 points – the lowest total since the Premier League’s creation in 1992. Maguire kept his place in the squad, as one of five backers, despite his downfall. By United for some games at the end of the campaign.
Sancho missed the final matches 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 match is a repeat of last year’s European Championship final, but it will be played in an empty stadium as punishment for the crowd trouble that marred the title match at Wembley in July.
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton), Mark Joy (Crystal Palace), Rhys James (Chelsea), James Justin (Leicester), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Ficayo . Tomori (AC Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Calvin 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).