By Mike Southey

15th Jan, 2022 | 10:30am

Micah Richards stunned by West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen this week

Micah Richards has been left stunned by West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen as his form continues to improve.

The Irons winger was influential yet again in the 2-0 win against Norwich in midweek, scoring both goals for the three points.

Richards previously labelled Bowen as a “dark horse” for the England squad but said that his confidence is growing for international recognition each week.

Writing in his Daily Mail column this weekend, Richards singled out Bowen as his Man of the Week.

“I predicted on this page on New Year’s Day that Jarrod Bowen was a dark horse to make England’s World Cup squad and my confidence in him getting recognition from Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar increases by the week,” he wrote.

“Bowen goes from strength to strength and his double against Norwich means he has eight goals and eight assists for the season. 

“He hasn’t necessarily had the recognition he deserves for his influence on West Ham’s progress but his importance for the team is huge. There is more to come.”

No longer dark horse.

Bowen is no longer a long shot to get in the next England squad, he simply has to be called up by Gareth Southgate.

There has always been a so-called big club bias to players who may not even be performing well at this moment in time, that has to change.

Bowen is the in-form English player in the Premier League, scoring nearly every single week for the Hammers.

David Moyes has given him more responsibility this season with less pressure on Michail Antonio, and that is working perfectly.

Richards isn’t the only one stunned, and it’s time for Southgate to reward the one player in the Premier League who deserves it right now.

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