By Nick Ware

20th Mar, 2021 | 8:40am

Jermaine Beckford details England conversation with Patrick Bamford pre Leeds v Fulham

Jermaine Beckford says Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford is in high spirits despite his England squad snub on Thursday.

After a sensational season for the newly-promoted Whites in which he has scored 13 Premier League goals so far, Bamford was thought to be in with a chance of earning a maiden England call-up for their March triple-header v San Marino, Albania and Poland.

However Gareth Southgate elected to select Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins ahead of the 27-year-old and Phil Hay said he would be “extremely disappointed” with the decision [The Athletic].

But speaking on Sky Sports [19:30, 19/03/21] before Leeds played Fulham former Whites forward Beckford played down Hay’s claim.

He said: “I’ve spoken to him earlier on and briefly mentioned ‘listen, the England squad, honestly you’re that close to it’ but he was over the moon to even be mentioned by Gareth Southgate.

“I think that’s a huge accolade to have, he knows it’s his first season in the Premier League, just over halfway through it and he’s got 13 goals, he’s done really, really well and he wants to maintain this.”

Determined not defeated

It’s great to hear Bamford has taken it on the chin – it sounds like he is in a positive mood and that can only be good for Leeds.

Players can sometimes be accused of downing tools when things don’t go their way and no could have blamed Bamford for feeling harshly treated.

After all, the only English players with more Premier League goals than him this season are Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin who both find themselves in the squad.

He has three more than Watkins who managed to force his way into Southgate’s squad and Bamford also has two more assists than him.

But by the sounds of Beckford’s comments our main man will be bursting to show won’t be letting this affect him and we would not be surprised to see him still force his way into the squad in the coming months.

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