Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford is remaining confident despite not being selected for Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

The number nine was overlooked by the national team boss last week. He opted to go with Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins instead, despite Bamford scoring more than him this season.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bamford plans to continue producing good performances for Leeds and look ahead.

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“I just have to keep doing what I am doing really and try and keep working and see if I can put my name in contention for the Euros,” said Bamford.

“I said it before that at the start of the season, if you told me I was going to be linked with England I would have said you’re bonkers.”

Man in form

Just the 14 goals and six assists for Bamford so far then. As he said, it would be bonkers to think he’d be in contention for the England squad at the start of the season.

Before he’d even kicked a ball in the top-flight for Leeds, the Englishman was being written off or questioned in one way or another.

For whatever reason, Bamford hasn’t been selected this time. But it’s good to hear him say he’s looking to continue working hard. Being doubted and overlooked is nothing new for him, it’s happened throughout his career.

At 27 years of age, he is finally at a club that loves him. Bamford has had previous Premier League spells with Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley. He wasn’t given many chances to show what he’s capable of.

You only have to look at some of his finishes this season to see what he’s all about. The strike away to Leicester, in particular, was exquisite.

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He’s actually scored the most goals in the Premier League from open play this season, a phenomenal achievement. Only Bruno Fernandes, Harry Kane and Mo Salah have scored more than him in the 2020/21 campaign.

It’s not a surprise when you look at how many efforts he’s had. Bamford has registered 84 attempts at goal, the third-highest in the league [WyScout]. Of those, 28 have come with his head, which is a league-high.

He is proving week in, week out that he knows where the goal is. Whether or not he gets his opportunity with England remains to be seen. But if he keeps up his form for the run-in, surely Southgate won’t be able to keep ignoring him.

In other Leeds United news, Southgate has given his verdict on Kalvin Phillips for his display against San Marino for England.

 

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