Paul Robinson backs Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford to win 21/22 England call-up
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Paul Robinson is adamant that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will get into the England squad next season after the disappointment of not making Gareth Southgate’s team for the European Championships this summer.
Bamford, 27, finished the Premier League season as the second-highest English goalscorer with 17 goals in 38 appearances.
However, he’s failed to make Southgate’s last two squads with Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins getting in ahead of him for the last team and the provisional squad before he was axed.
Despite the setbacks, Robinson believes Bamford will keep on trying after already proving so many people wrong with his form in the top-flight.
Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Bamford said: “It will inspire him to come back and prove people wrong – he spent all season proving people wrong.
“He has a lot of critics who are ex-footballers and pundits like myself. You’re honest and you say what you see and his conversion rate of chances to goals was too low. But he’s scored 17 goals in the Premier League this season in a season where it was always going to be difficult.
“He’s had critics and spent all season proving people wrong and this certainly won’t knock his confidence, it will just push him on to another level and give him the confidence to go again next season.
“I was personally very disappointed with the previous England squad when Ollie Watkins got in in front of him.
“When you look at Bamford’s stats, his numbers and his goals, there was no reason other than Gareth Southgate wanting a certain style of player that Patrick didn’t get in.
“He was very unlucky but I don’t think it will put him off next season, I think he’ll come back fitter and stronger.
“I have no doubt Patrick Bamford will be in the England squad before the end of next season.”
Of course, Bamford is also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland international team.
Irish boss Stephen Kenny has recently been quoted by Sky Sports as saying it would be unrealistic to expect Bamford to agree to play for Ireland.
However, if Robinson’s prediction about an England call-up isn’t true, there’s surely a chance the Leeds United ace would consider a switch of allegiance.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites want to sign this 35-cap international more than any other club this summer.