JARROD Bowen admits an England career felt “a million miles away” as he was plying his trade in non-league football just eight years ago.

It would see the culmination of a rise to the top of the game that was almost ended when former club Hereford United went bankrupt in 2014.

Asked where his England dreams were at that stage, Bowen replied: “A million miles away, at the time it was Conference football for my local team and that was it.

“Obviously you have dreams but you don’t think of someone from Hereford, to get a move to Hull in the first place, it was just playing for my local team and just playing week in, week out in the Conference.

Hereford Times: Hereford United FC v Alfreton Town FC..Jarrod Bowen scores a goal to make it 3-1.

“Sometimes I sit back and look back at where we’ve come from, and especially being in an England camp now – not being big-headed, I’ve got to take my hat off to myself from where I’ve come from and what I’ve done.

“It is everything. Everything you dream of when you’re growing up and to get the call, obviously it’s an honour and a privilege of mine.

“I remember watching England when I was younger and Frank Lampard scored that goal when it hit the bar, and it went over the line but the goal didn’t get given.

“Obviously I remember the Euros. So I have got a lot of memories. I am football fan and I love watching football. I love watching my country.

“It will be a bit strange this summer when my friends are in the pub, watching the games, and I am hopefully participating.”