Charlie Austin has claimed that Leeds United star Patrick Bamford has been omitted from the most recent England squad because of a supposed bias against smaller Premier League sides.
There was a certain expectation that Bamford would finally get an England call up after his stunning season with Leeds but he was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s squad.
Austin was furious with this and he accused England of operating with ‘snobbery’ in regard to their selection of players from smaller Premier League sides.
🤷♂️ “I think it goes against a lot of people.. it’s going against Patrick Bamford now.”
“Eric Dier’s been called up.. has he done enough? Or is it that he plays for #THFC?”
Charlie Austin says not playing for a top half club cost him a first England cap. 🏴 pic.twitter.com/zTehVHuRgm
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 24, 2021
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Austin said, “It’s going against Bamford right now, that’s football snobbery.
“There is favouritism towards the bigger clubs. What has he done to not be called up?”
We agree, what has Bamford done to not get called up?
He’s scored more goals than players like Marcus Rashford and Ollie Watkins this season but whatever the reason is for Bamford’s omission, it isn’t football snobbery.
Austin has missed the glaringly obvious when coming out with this latest tirade.
The latest England squad features Aston Villa’s Watkins and Tyrone Mings, Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse and even West Brom’s Sam Johnstone.
There is no big club bias here.
To put the final nail in this ridiculous statement is the fact that our very own Kalvin Phillips has been called up.
If there is a supposed bias against these clubs, does it only apply to strikers?
The last time we checked, Phillips still plays for Leeds.
We are all annoyed that Bamford didn’t get picked for England but making stupid and baseless claims like this isn’t helping anyone.
It has often been said that there is a big club bias when it comes to the England selection but you can’t make that argument when a player from the same club as the player who missed out has been called up.
It is clear that Austin didn’t properly look at the squad list before coming out with this argument.
Just another uninformed pundit wasting everyone’s time.
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