Alan Shearer tips Leeds United star Patrick Bamford to miss out on England squad
Alan Shearer has been blown away by Patrick Bamford’s improvement at Leeds United this season but the Newcastle legend doesn’t think the striker will make the England squad for the European Championships in the summer.
Harry Kane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are the only Englishmen to have scored more goals than Bamford in the Premier League this season, with the 27-year-old netting 15 times in 35 top-flight appearances for the Whites.
However, despite being thoroughly impressed by the Leeds man, Shearer believes he and Ollie Watkins will have to watch the Euros from the comfort of their own homes.
“I’ve left out some good strikers who have had transformative seasons,” Shearer told The Athletic.
“Ollie Watkins and Patrick Bamford have been brilliant for Aston Villa and Leeds respectively.
“Bamford was back among the goals at the weekend, but he always runs so willingly for his team and has improved his game enormously.
“Any question about him doing it in the Premier League has been answered definitively. He’s been magnificent.”
Bamford a no-brainer
We can’t see why Gareth Southgate wouldn’t take Bamford.
Shearer’s written on The Athletic website that he believes Kane, Calvert-Lewin, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood should be the strikers in Southgate’s squad. While we don’t agree too much with the first three, Greenwood’s still young and would only be getting in the squad based on the fact he plays for Manchester United.
Bamford’s been more than just a goalscorer this season with the Leeds man linking up play brilliantly in Marcelo Bielsa’s attack.
As well as his 15 Premier League goals, Bamford has also supplied eight assists, which puts him among the leaders in the top-flight.
Imagine Bamford linking up with Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish. It’d be incredible.
However, let’s face it, if Bamford makes the squad he’d be no more than a benchwarmer because Kane and Calvert-Lewin are always going to be chosen ahead of him as they’re far more experienced in the Premier League and in international football.
It’s a shame but the World Cup is next year so who knows?
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