Joe Cole has professed his love for Jarrod Bowen and backed the West Ham United winger to earn his maiden England call-up under Gareth Southgate, while speaking on talkSPORT.
Bowen is enjoying a sensational season in east London, yet has never played for his country at any level. The 25-year-old has been involved in 18 goals in 30 games for the Hammers so far this term. He has scored eight, assisted eight and won two penalties in all competitions.
Only Liverpool pair Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold have more Premier League assists than Bowen this season, as well. The Anfield stars have both created nine, while the Irons ace has seven. Michail Antonio has the next most at the London Stadium with five.
Bowen has only offered more assists in a single league season once in his career, but split over two clubs. He offered seven in 29 Championship games for Hull City before laying on four in 13 Premier league outings with West Ham after a £22m transfer in January 2020.
Cole backs Bowen for England debut given West Ham form
Bowen’s thrilling performances for West Ham so far this season have convinced Cole that he is ready for England duty. The Hammers product has long admired what he winger can produce on the pitch. While his ability to play centrally also reminds Cole of Trevor Sinclair.
“I love him,” Cole enthused. “I watched him play at Hull a few years ago when he was in the Championship and your eyes are drawn to him because he’s all action.
“He reminds me a little bit of Trev in that he can play wide, then he can come in and nick a goal. He’s always a threat.
“He’s got great technical ability. I think he’s different class and when you see the way he’s improving, anything can happen. I think he well deserves an England call-up.”
Bowen proved he can always offer a threat as West Ham beat Norwich City on Wednesday night. The Leominster-born dynamo pulled the Canaries apart all game with his movement and also scored both of the Irons’ goals.
The Norwich win lifted the Irons back into the top-four of the Premier League table. But the Hammers have now played one game more than Arsenal to open a two-point advantage.
Tottenham could do West Ham a favour by beating the Gunners on Sunday after Bowens’ side host Leeds. Yet Spurs also remain a threat, with Antonio Conte’s men four-points back with three games in hand as it stands.