Former Leeds United striker Brian Deane believes there is still a chance that Patrick Bamford could make Gareth Southgate’s England squads.
Bamford is yet to receive an international call-up despite impressing in the early days of the season and blowing most of his competition away.
Speaking to The Daily Star, Deane said that while there is plenty of competition for places in England’s attack, Bamford still has a chance.
He said, “It depends on what Southgate sees in Bamford. International football is another level and the attackers we have at the moment are very strong, but you never know.
“The central role is one that requires a lot of intelligence and movement. You’ve got to have a good all-round game.
“And looking at it that way, there aren’t that many who are happy to play down the middle and really get stuck in.”
Bamford started the season in fine form and eyebrows were raised as Tammy Abraham, who only had one league goal at that point, was selected ahead of the Leeds forward for October’s international games.
Deane is right, there is so much competition for places in the current England squad and it will take someone special to displace the world-class Harry Kane.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was the latest player to be given an international shot by Southgate and he took it well by scoring on his debut.
This no doubt pushed Bamford even further down the pecking order and only one thing can change Southgate’s mind at this point.
If Bamford starts scoring goals again in the second half of the season then he will have the England boss scratching his head ahead of this summer’s European Championships.
The 27-year-old is goalless in four Premier League games but if he finds his touch again soon then it could benefit our striker’s England hopes as well as revitalise our season.
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