By Kealan Hughes

28th Mar, 2021 | 9:39pm

Jamie Mackie claims Patrick Bamford will feel aggrieved by England exclusion

Jamie Mackie has been impressed by Patrick Bamford this season and claims the Leeds United star will feel aggrieved at not getting into the England squad.

The Sky Sports pundit pointed out the striker’s goalscoring record and suggests Bamford was unlucky to be left out in favour of Ollie Watkins.

However, Mackie believes the Whites number nine is capable of making the Euro squad as long as he hits form in the remaining few games of the season.

Mackie told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday this weekend, via HITC, “As a striker, ultimately, he will be disappointed, you have to have that selfish mentality.

“I think he can count himself unlucky that he wasn’t in the squad. I think he has been superb this year.

“I think he has to carry on doing what he’s doing because anything can happen in the next nine games or a couple of months of the season. He has to be right on it.

“Look at the goals he has scored. He is definitely going to feel aggrieved – Bamford if he scores a few more goals between the end of the season, who says they don’t pick the form player?”

Right mindset

Bamford is not the type of person who will let Gareth Southgate’s decision get him down.

He told the official Leeds United podcast that he was chuffed to even be in England contention as that idea seemed a distant dream at the beginning of the season.

The forward is of course determined to fulfil a dream of playing for England but this omission is only like to motivate him further.

He responded to the news brilliantly last week by scoring and grabbing an assist against Fulham and we fully expect him to maintain that showing over the last nine games.

It is Bamford’s nature to give his all for the team and that will surely lead to more goals.

His improvement has been amazing this term and there is no sign of him slowing down so an England call should come at some point.

As Mackie says, if Bamford can keep playing well Southgate will be unable to ignore him, and that could lead to a surprise inclusion in the Euro squad.

In other Leeds United news, Roy Keane shares what he heard about a Whites star when discussing England’s Euro squad.