West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen has admitted that he felt the pain of missing out on the England World Cup squad last year, but is ready to fire for his nation now.
Our Hammers star who recently put pen to paper on a new 7-year contract in east London, has started this season in fine form, having ended the last in style by scoring the winner in our Europa Conference League triumph in Prague.
Its been an incredible time for Bowen, who recently became a Dad to twins, won a trophy, signed a long term deal with West Ham and has now been rewarded with his form by being called up to the England squad – with the player likely to feature later against Australia at Wembley.
“I was disappointed to miss out on the World Cup but that’s what happened,” Bowen told the clubs Official Website.
“I had to deal with it and all I could do is keep playing football to a level that I know that I can play at and everything will take care of itself.
“I had a really good pre-season, had some good games, scored goals there and you can take confidence and momentum from each game that you play.
“For me, that’s all I’ve tried to be doing. Keep playing football with a smile on my face because you know that what makes me a good player, when I’m playing with a smile on my face.”
Bowen is understandably proud and excited to be playing for his country once again, and hopes that he gets the chance tonight to showcase his talents with the aim being to secure a regular spot in Gareth Southgates squad.
“Playing at Wembley would be the ultimate,” added Bowen. “As a little boy you dream of playing for your country and you never think it is going to happen, but now I am here, I want to play at Wembley and hopefully I get the opportunity to do so.”