West Ham secured a 4-0 victory over AEK Larnaca, allowing them to win the tie 6-0 on aggregate. Jarrod Bowen netted a brace during the match
Jarrod Bowen, who was left out of the latest England squad, scored twice in West Ham’s 4-0 win over AEK Larnaca to become the club’s highest scorer in European competitions.
The Hammers secured their place in the Europa Conference League quarter-final draw with a 6-0 aggregate victory over the Cypriot team.
Bowen, who earned all four of his caps last June, was overlooked for Gareth Southgate’s squad for England’s first two Euro 2024 qualifying matches.
However, he put the disappointment behind him and scored two goals in as many minutes at the beginning of the second half at the London Stadium.
Bowen brought his ‘A’ game
West Ham’s Gianluca Scamacca had scored the first goal in their match against AEK Larnaca, while Divin Mubama, a teenager, scored the final goal, sealing West Ham’s 4-0 victory, which was their joint-largest margin of victory in European competition.
Jarrod Bowen’ brace brought his total number of goals in European competitions to eight. This is two more than the previous record holders Johnny Byrne, David Cross, and his teammate Michail Antonio.
Despite his strong performance, Bowen had not been called up to the England squad by Gareth Southgate earlier in the day. However, Bowen has expressed that he has no complaints about not being selected.
“It’s one of those things. These things take care of themselves,” he told BT Sport. “I’ve done nothing to get in there.
“It’s not about getting in squads, it’s about playing my ‘A’ game, finishing strongly and going again next season.
“I always want to score and goals have not been coming this season, but I accept that. I will always give my all for the club.”
West Ham will be accompanied by Anderlecht, AZ, Basel, Fiorentina, Gent, Lech Poznan and Nice in the Europa Conference League quarter-finals.
This marks the second consecutive year West Ham has advanced to the quarter-finals of a European tournament after they reached the same stage in last season’s Europa League.
“I’m really pleased,” Moyes said. “It’s not something that happens every year.
“I’m pleased for the players and the football club and delighted to say I’ve got to two [European] quarter-finals in two years.”