By Pranav Shahaney

4th Sep, 2021 | 7:10pm

Gareth Southgate: England debut will be a special moment for Patrick Bamford

Gareth Southgate is keen on seeing Patrick Bamford make his England bow after impressive performances for Leeds United.

The 27-year-old’s omission from the Euro 2020 squad raised a number of eyebrows, but Southgate opted to pick him for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Bamford was an unused substitute for the 4-0 win over Hungary, but with Dominic Calvert-Lewin sidelined, he is set to feature against Andorra at Wembley.

Discussing Bamford’s potential England debut, Southgate, who’s won the BBC SPOTY and FWA Tribute award recently, said, via The Evening Standard, “It’s a special moment for him and for his family. You always think about people that have helped you on that journey

“We want him to do what he does every week with his club. He has settled in really well with the group.

“We know what he’s capable of and we’re looking forward to seeing him play.”

Excited to see Pat

We were surprised to see Bamford being excluded from the Euro 2020 squad, given what he brings to the table both on and off the ball.

He’s capable of running the hard yards, holding up the ball and getting his teammates into the game.

Apart from that, he does the classical striker stuff as well, scoring goals, assisting and being a menace in the air.

Initially, he wasn’t particularly consistent, but we’re now seeing the player Bamford really is.

Andorra will be an ideal game for him to make his debut as England are expected to win it comfortably and there will not be too much pressure on him to deliver.

Hopefully, he keeps impressing Southgate and books a spot in his squad for the World Cup next year.

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