Simon Jordan doubts West Ham United star Jarrod Bowen for England, Trevor Sinclair disagrees
Simon Jordan and Trevor Sinclair disagreed live on talkSPORT Wednesday (25 May) over West Ham star Jarrod Bowen’s chances of success for England.
After a sparkling campaign the former Hull man has been called up to Gareth Southgate’s squad this week ahead of Nations League matches in June.
The Three Lions face Hungary, Germany and Italy, and despite his excellent form in a Hammers shirt, former Crystal Palace chairman Jordan isn’t confident Bowen can cut it at the top level.
In a clip posted to talkSPORT’s Twitter page he said: “I’m not sure that Jarrod Bowen will be an international footballer.
“I’m not sure that his contribution to the Europa [League] campaign for West Ham was as compelling as his contribution to the domestic league.
“He’ll be playing against European defenders and world class defenders in international games.
“I don’t know whether he’ll make that translation but he has earned the right to have that opportunity.
“Whether he takes that step is up to him.”
Ex-Hammer Sinclair then argued in favour of the Irons star: “He domestically did very well against Manchester City, against top players, scoring two great goals.
“I think he has got the ability to make that transition to international football and be a massive success.”
One way to find out
Off the back of a year where he scored 18 and assisted 13 more in all competitions it is only right that the attacker gets his chance for the national team.
He has to hope that he gets onto the pitch in at least one of the upcoming fixtures to give him a chance to prove doubters like Jordan wrong.
It is possible that he finds the step up difficult, but as Sinclair says, they don’t come much stronger than Manchester City and he scored the brace that held the soon-to-be champions to a draw this month (15 May).
There is an argument to be made that at the very top level numerous Premier League stars from the biggest teams have struggled.
The so-called “Golden Generation” that included the likes of Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard never came close to winning an international trophy and nobody would argue that they weren’t good enough players.
So even if he doesn’t absolutely shine during this call up Bowen deserves to stay in contention for international caps while he performs as he has been.
To be fair to Jordan he agrees that the 25-year-old has earned his chance, which no Irons fans would disagree with.
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