West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen is ‘knocking on the door’ for an England call-up, according to Hammers boss David Moyes.
Bowen scored both goals against bottom-running club Norwich City to lift his side above fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League table.
The former Hull City player, who signed a £20m+ deal in January 2020, has scored eight goals in all competitions this season, including three in his last two appearances, and has had eight more assists in 2021-22.
Asked after his side’s fourth straight league and cup win if Bowen was ready for an England call-up, Moyes told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Gareth [Southgate] makes the decisions and Gareth has done very well. chosen in recent years.
“I think he’s knocking on the door because he’s starting to score and he’s getting assists.
“But the competition to get into the England team – especially those wide areas – is incredible. It’s a really tough job to break into the team, but he’s doing a great job for West Ham and that’s what interests me.”
The Hammers’ third straight win in the top flight saw them move two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who are one game behind, and four over Tottenham, who are sixth and have played three fewer games.
“We have to try to keep going,” added Moyes.
“As long as we’re around the mix and the European places it will be really good, but if we can hang on to the tails of the teams above that’s what we’ll try to do.”
“I don’t think being fourth at this point means much, other than showing we’ve been consistent.”
Bowen’s strikes condemned Norwich to their sixth successive Premier League defeat, their first coming from an inviting cross from Vladimir Coufal just before the break and their second coming in the 83rd minute when he returned the ball from Arthur Masuaku .
The hosts were below their best, but still created several other excellent chances that should have been a bigger margin of victory.
Bowen had an earlier effort ruled out by VAR, with Nikola Vlasic ruled offside and interfering with Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, and also hit the woodwork twice, while Michail Antonio blazed from close range.
On a disappointing evening for the visitors, Adam Idah nearly equalized with the score at 1-0 but had his drive pushed onto the post by home goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Barring that attempt, however, Dean Smith’s side offered little in attack and have now failed to score a top goal for 540 minutes.
Hammers take control with more intensity
After half an hour of this contest, there was little to choose between the two sides, with the pre-game pyrotechnics arguably providing more excitement than the attacking play on display.
However, the Hammers snapped soon after, with Moyes barking instructions and urging his players to provide more intensity.
Bowen’s disallowed first goal served only as a warning to Norwich, who quickly fell behind in the 42nd minute when he rose above Ben Gibson to head a header into the bottom left corner.
The 25-year-old produced the kind of performance that will only underline his credentials as a future England player.
Bowen’s tally of being directly involved in an impressive 16 goals in all competitions this term is the highest by an England player operating in the top flight.
The only criticism that could be leveled at Bowen against Norwich was that he failed to add to his tally of two goals, clipping an effort over the bar and firing against the right post when well placed.
Norwich’s dismal run continues
Only six teams in Premier League history have accumulated fewer points than Norwich after 20 games.
And if their dismal run continues even longer, their hopes of survival seem doomed even though they are still currently within reach of fellow fighters Watford, Newcastle and Burnley.
Smith’s side were clean and tidy in possession but produced just three shots on target, with Idah the only one of any rating.
Apart from Teemu Pukki, who has scored five times this season, only three other players have netted a high-flying goal.
Unless the Canaries can add some firepower to back up their Finnish international leader, it’s hard to imagine them pulling off a great escape in their 18 game