Pundit not surprised West Ham United Jarrod Bowen omitted from England World Cup squad
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Jarrod Bowen didn’t deserve to be called up to the England World Cup squad despite his improved form for West Ham in recent weeks, says Frank McAvennie.
The 25 year old winger was left out of the squad as Callum Wilson and Marcus Rashford earned recalls to Gareth Southgate’s side for the Qatar World Cup that begins next week.
McAvennie initially believed that Bowen wouldn’t get in, and reacting when the news dropped he admitted that he just didn’t feel as though he had done enough this season.
“No,” he told West Ham Zone. “I just don’t.
“I would love to say yeah, but I just don’t think he’s done enough. West Ham went off the boil and he was one of them who went off the boil.
“I’m not blaming it, it’s just the team. Now I think it’s too little too late because it’s only a couple of weeks now. I think he’ll know his team.
“It didn’t matter now who did well in the last couple of weeks. It didn’t matter. He’ll have his squad.
“We’ll see how it goes, but Bowen no. Not this time.”
Bowen was part of the most recent England squad but didn’t feature for a single minute across the three fixtures, which immediately sparked belief that he wouldn’t be on the plane.
After starting the season slowly, Bowen managed three goals in four games after that break to get back into form. However he has since gone six appearances without a goal or assist in all competitions for West Ham.