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I dressed like David Beckham with No7 shirt, Mohawk and hair dye… I can’t wait to play for England, says Jarrod Bowen


JARROD BOWEN was overcome with joy at getting his first England call-up.

The West Ham forward is a massive Three Lions fan, who dressed up like David Beckham as a kid and watched the last World Cup in the pub.

Jarrod Bowen earned his first senior England call-up after impresing for West Ham

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Jarrod Bowen earned his first senior England call-up after impresing for West HamCredit: Getty
Bowen dressed up as idol David Beckham as a youngster

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Bowen dressed up as idol David Beckham as a youngsterCredit: https://twitter.com/WestHam

He will now get the chance to impress Gareth Southgate ahead of Qatar 2022 after being named in a 27-man squad for Nations League games with Hungary, Germany and Italy.

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Bowen, 25, beamed: “It’s unreal. I’ve always wanted to play for England but getting to the national team is harder than almost anything else in football.

“Everyone is a bit emotional and my brother and dad are in tears!

“During the last World Cup, I was in the pub with my mates when Harry Kane scored a winner against Tunisia and everyone was throwing beer around, so I’ve always been a big England fan.

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“Now I’ve got the chance to become an England player and make those boyhood dreams come true.”

West Ham tweeted a photo of Bowen as a young England fan after his Three Lions call-up was confirmed.

Bowen, who hit 18 goals this term, said: “My auntie found one of me dressed up as David Beckham with the No 7 shirt, the mohawk, the hair dye and the face paint.

“Looking at the shirt, I don’t think it’s an official one — but now hopefully I’ll get a real one of my own.

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“I was just a little boy with a dream and now I’m lucky enough to be in a position to play for my country.

“I need to hit the ground running and show Gareth Southgate and his staff what I am all about.”

Leicester full-back James Justin, 24, also received a first England call-up, while midfielder Jordan Henderson, 31, has been rested after his marathon season with Liverpool.





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