Bowen brings West Ham swagger back to build case for England call-up

Jarrod Bowen will hope he has timed his run for England inclusion for the forthcoming March internationals to perfection after notching his first senior hat-trick in West Ham's 4-2 win over Brentford on Monday Night Football.

The Hammers won their first match of 2024, with Bowen scoring his first goals since before Christmas, to end a miserable run of eight games without a victory which had prompted more questions about David Moyes' future.

England face Brazil at Wembley on March 23 before another international friendly at home to Belgium three days later as part of their final preparations for Euro 2024 in the summer. Gareth Southgate will name his squad for those matches in the next fortnight.

Bowen, who has five England caps to his name, has scored 14 goals this term - as many as Ollie Watkins and Dominic Solanke. It represents his highest tally across a single campaign in the competition, overtaking 12 in 2021/22.

    "That all takes care of itself," said Bowen when asked about forcing himself into Southgate's thoughts. "I was disappointed not to score since the Manchester United game."