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England call Jarrod Bowen for UEFA Nations League games; Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are missing again

England call Jarrod Bowen for UEFA Nations League games; Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho are missing again

West Ham United striker Jarrod Bowen won their first-ever call-up to England for next month’s Nations League fixtures, but Manchester United Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were not included again.

England boss Gareth Southgate named a squad of 27 players for four games on Tuesday which will start with trips to Hungary and Germany before hosting Italy and the second leg against Hungary at Molineux.

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Bowen has been in superb form for West Ham this season, registering 12 goals and 10 assists in the Premier League.

“We were definitely thinking about involving him [Bowen] in March before he got injured,” Southgate told a Wembley press conference. “He’s a goal threat, he’s direct,” he added of Bowen coming through the ranks. at Hereford United and Hull City.

“His background is really interesting in terms of the experiences he’s had. It’s a reminder that it’s not enough just to be in an elite academy and follow that path. Playing in the lower divisions and having this experience is a great way to go. .

“He works incredibly hard for the team, which is something we want all of our forwards to do. He’s well-earned his call-up.”

Both Rashford and Sancho missed out on selection for the second time in a row after United’s disappointing campaign concluded with a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on the final day of the Premier League season, but Harry Maguire keep his place.

Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson and Aston Villa defender Tyrone Ming also missing a place in Southgate’s squad.

“[Henderson] played over 60 games this season,” Southgate added. “He will also take part in the Champions League final. He is 32 years old. I don’t need to know more about him either. Everyone is taking a week off now.”

Leicester City defender james justin was also called up to the senior team for the first time in his career after returning in January after a year with a serious knee injury.

There was no room for Justin’s team-mate at Leicester James Madison while Arsenal Emile Smith Rowe was also omitted but AC Milan Fikayo TomoriLeeds United Calvin PhillipsNewcastle United Kieran Trippier and that of Manchester City Kyle Walker have all been recalled – meaning there are five recognized right-backs selected.

Maddison was hoping to break into the team after finishing the season scoring in each of his last four games, ending the season with 16 goals and 11 assists – the best record by a Leicester player since Riyadh Mahrez in 2017-18.

“We just think we’re very happy with the players who have been with us in that area of ​​the pitch,” Southgate said. “He competes with [Mason] To go up, [Phil] Foot, these guys, in the role where he is at his best. There are a few positions where there’s a lot of strength in depth, and there’s always going to be a player you don’t choose, but to do that you’ll have to leave someone out, and they’ll probably be equally or more deserving. .”

However, his pending first call since November 2019 but Tomori is last included as he played for England in October 2021, shortly after leaving Chelsea to join Milan, who won their first Serie A title in 11 years with the central defender playing a central role.

Phillips missed 16 games for Leeds between December and March with a calf injury but is returning to the international set-up having been named England’s Player of the Year after playing a pivotal role in last summer’s run to the Euro 2020 final.

Walker was rested for the last camp in March but returns to the squad as Southgate had planned at the time while Trippier, who scored in England’s 2018 World Cup semi-final defeat against Croatia, is recalled after being sidelined for 13 games with a metatarsal fracture.

England team

Guardians: Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burly), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal)

Defenders: Trent Alexandre-Arnold (Liverpool), Conor Coady (Wolves), 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 United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben White (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

Forwards: Tammy Abraham (AS Roma), Jarrod Bowen (West Ham United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jack Greish (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Rahim Sterling (Manchester City)

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