Jarrod Bowen fully deserves his England call-up – Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate has said West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen “richly deserves” his first senior England call-up.

Bowen and fellow uncapped Leicester defender James Justin have been included in Southgate’s squad for next month’s Nations League games.

On Bowen’s inclusion, Southgate said: “Consistently strong performance. We were definitely thinking of involving him in March before he got injured.

“He’s a goal threat and his direct journey is an interesting reminder that you don’t have to be at an elite academy – experience is a great way to go.

“He works incredibly hard for the team, which is something we want all of our players to do. He is well deserving of his call-up.”

England are set to play Hungary twice, as well as Germany and Italy, from June 4-14.