By Mark Smith

5th Nov, 2020 | 5:15pm

Gareth Southgate addresses uncapped Leeds star after squad announcement

Gareth Southgate has opened the door for Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford to be called up to the England squad this season.

Bamford has started the Premier League season in great form, scoring six goals in his first seven outings for the Whites.

That form led to many believing he would be in the Three Lions squad for the upcoming November games, but he was overlooked.

Southgate claimed that isn’t the end of the road though, and backed Bamford to keep on making an impact with Leeds this season.

“Both Callum Wilson and Patrick Bamford have done very well in the last few weeks for their clubs,” he said, via the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We’re only a quarter of the way through the season, the next time we’re together we’ll be three-quarters of the way through the season.

“There’s a lot of football to be played and a lot of opportunities for those players to press a claim while they’re playing with their clubs.”

There aren’t many performing better than Bamford right now in the Premier League, and he should have made it more against Leicester on Monday.

Bamford has scored the same number of goals as Harry Kane this season and holds a better goal conversion rate according to the BBC.

Kane is the main man on the international stage, and if Bamford can continue to perform at a similar level, it will be no time before he gets the recognition.

There is strong competition with the likes of Danny Ings and Callum Wilson though, and Bamford must continue to out-perform those two if he wants to fulfil his England dream.

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