HEREFORDSHIRE football star Jarrod Bowen had an England debut to be proud of despite his side suffering a 1-0 defeat in Hungary.

The 25-year-old, who is from Shobdon, earned his first England cap and played the full match in the Nations League match.

Former England striker Michael Owen said that Bowen can be proud of his debut and "did everything but score".

Hereford Times: England's Jarrod Bowen reacts during the UEFA Nations League match at the Puskas Arena, Budapest. Picture date: Saturday June 4, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Trenka Attila/PA Wire.

Speaking on Channel 4 after the match he said: "I think he can be really proud of his debut.

"He didn't score but he did virtually everything else and was the one likeliest to score.

"He makes things happen. He had energy, he didn't look nervous at all and I thought he was a constant thorn in their side.

"It's just frustrating that he couldn't turn one of those half chances into a goal."


Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate felt the result was unfair on his side after a controversial Dominik Szoboszlai penalty won the match.

"We didn't do enough to win the game and a draw would have been a fair outcome," said Southgate.

"We had enough possession, we weren't incisive around the box and didn't create too many clear cut chances.

"The actual result hinges on a decision which I think is harsh but probably wasn't going to be overturned.

"I think the heat was a factor, you could see that took a lot out of the players.

"That balance of finding out about new things and the consistency of a more regular team, I've got to look if I got that balance quite right.

"These are games we need to learn from. The players are bitterly disappointed because we want to keep winning matches.

"If we want to be a team in the top tier of world football we need to come here and win. It's a huge disappointment in terms of that but as a coach you've got to take what we learnt from it.

"We've learned a lot about some individual players tonight and a lot about a different tactical challenge."