Gareth Southgate’s decision to not reward Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford with an England call up was a surprise to some when the squad was announced last week.
Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa was called up instead which raised further eyebrows and Wednesday’s England news makes the decision even stranger.
On Wednesday, England shared an injury update in which it was stated that Marcus Rashford was injured and is continuing his rehabilitation while on international duty.
The #ThreeLions are out at training, with 24 players involved.@MarcusRashford sits out to continue his rehabilitation, while @BukayoSaka87 is still with his club for further assessment on an on-going issue but it is hoped he will join up with the squad later this week. pic.twitter.com/W0dy1mtuzQ
— England (@England) March 24, 2021
Rashford played no part in Manchester United’s 3-1 FA Cup loss to Leicester at the weekend so England will have known he was injured.
Yet the 23-year-old has still met up with his England teammates instead of staying at home to recover from his injury.
This has robbed Bamford of a first call up and one that is richly deserved after scoring more Premier League goals than Rashford and Watkins this season.
Southgate did state that it was a close choice between Watkins and Bamford which means our forward is next in line for a call up if a player drops out.
Rashford should be withdrawn from this England squad as it looks as if he may not be fit to play in any of the Three Lions’ World Cup qualifiers.
Surely Southgate should be on the phone to Bamford, asking him to meet up with the squad as he is missing a forward.
This saga takes another unexpected turn.
Bamford should’ve been called up instead of Watkins if you compare them in any measure.
But in any case, Southgate has called up an injured Rashford who is taking a place that could be occupied by a very much deserving Bamford.
We understand that Southgate will want a key player in and around the squad ahead of the Euros but why have an injured player on international duty for vital World Cup qualifiers?
We can only imagine how annoyed Bamford must be.
In other Leeds United news, someone has graffitied Gjanni Alioski mural in light of recent news.