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Paul Robinson has said that Gareth Southgate was wrong to pick Ollie Watkins over Patrick Bamford.
He added that Bamford would be gutted at missing out to the Villa player in what was a fantastic opportunity for his first England call-up.
Southgate said after his squad had been announced that Bamford was unlucky to miss out and that any injuries could see him called up anyway. [Leeds Live]
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “Leeds played really well against Fulham and it was a good way to see the London curse off.
“It was great to see Patrick Bamford deliver a response to the England snub.
“I’m really disappointed that he missed out to Ollie Watkins – I don’t think he’s done anything that’s eclipsed what Bamford has done this season.
“I think if the manager was looking at Watkins and Bamford together, he’s picked the wrong one.
“Watkins has had a good season and he’s done well, but you look at the numbers that Bamford has produced. If there was a time that he was going to get in, this was it.
“It was a real opportunity to get his first England call-up with all the injuries. He’s going to be gutted that he’s missed out to Watkins.
“When you compare the numbers from the two players there’s only one striker that should have gone and Southgate has picked the wrong one.”
Bamford has scored 14 goals and added six assists in the Premier League this season – only Harry Kane and Bruno Fernandes have recorded better numbers.
England’s loss is Leeds’ gain, though, and having a recharged and rested Bamford for the season run-in has to be a good thing for Marcelo Bielsa.
England play the first of their World Cup qualifiers tonight against San Marino.
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