FORMER Hereford United player Jarrod Bowen has been announced in England's squad for this summer's Nations League games.

Now playing for Premier League side West Ham United, it is Bowen's first call-up, with the now 25-year-old from Shobdon, near Leominster.

Leicester’s James Justin has also received his first England call-ups as Gareth Southgate named his squad for June’s Nations League matches.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, Aston Villa skipper Tyrone Mings and Arsenal youngster Emile Smith Rowe were absent from the 27-man selection.

Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Kalvin Phillips and Fikayo Tomori, fresh from winning Serie A with AC Milan, were included in the Nations League squad, but there was no recall for in-form Leicester playmaker James Maddison.

Bowen and Justin were the standout inclusions in Southgate’s squad for the four Nations League games, with trips to Hungary and Germany followed by Molineux encounters with Italy and Hungary.

Bowen played his first senior game for Hereford United in March 2014 as Peter Beadle took over as boss at the troubled Conference side.

He then scored his first senior goal a month later as Hereford beat Alfreton at Edgar Street.

A foot injury prevented him from receiving his maiden senior call-up in March, West Ham star Bowen was included having finished a fine season with 18 goals and 13 assists in all competitions.

Versatile full-back Justin was a more surprising inclusion. The 24-year-old has made 19 appearances in all competitions since recovering from an anterior cruciate injury sustained in February 2021.

Bowen is also in a high-profile relationship with Dani Dyer, the daughter of actor and presenter Danny Dyer, probably best-known for his role Mick Carter in Eastenders.

England boss: Bowen deserves call-up

Gareth Southgate says West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen “thoroughly deserves” his first senior England call-up.

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

On Bowen’s inclusion, Southgate said: “Constantly strong performances. We were certainly thinking about 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 route to go.

“He works incredibly hard for the team, which we want all our players to do. He thoroughly deserves his call-up.”

England are scheduled to play Hungary twice, plus Germany and Italy, between June 4-14.