By Adefunmiloye Alani

30th Jun, 2021 | 7:40am

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford says he will keep working hard for England call-up

Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford failed to make England’s European Championship squad despite scoring 17 Premier League goals last term.

Tottenham Hotspur hitman Harry Kane was the only Englishman who had more goals than the Whites in the top-flight, but Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate went with Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood and Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin in his initial 33-man squad.

Bamford is disappointed to have missed out but has vowed to keep working hard going forward.

“At the start of the season if they had mentioned my name in connection with England, I’d have thought that’s a bit crazy thinking,” the Leeds star said on CBS Sports yesterday, as quoted by LeedsLive.

“To say I’ve come this far and be kind of getting mentioned and Southgate says I’m close to it is a dream, it’s unreal to play for England.

“It’s just one of those things now because I’m so close, I want to keep working and put my name in the picture for every time there is an international call-up. If I do get called up, brilliant, and if I don’t, I’ll just keep working hard and see what happens.”

Bamford also had a piece of advice for Kane before the Spurs star finally scored his first goal of the tournament in the last-16 2-0 win over Germany.

He said: “With England, he could probably stay a bit closer to the goal.

“We’ve got so many good players, it’s their job to put the ball on a plate.”

That’s the spirit

Bamford has refused to question Southgate for excluding him from the squad despite our belief that he deserved a spot on that team.

England could do with the Leeds star pressing from the front and giving opposition defenders a hard time all game, but that is story for another day.

Kane eventually found the back of the net after going without a goal or assist in the group stages, and we can only hope he does so again against Ukraine on Saturday.

Bamford knows he has to convert more chances next season and improve his all-round game if he is to be on the plane to the 2022 World Cup.

He has already convinced everyone that he is Premier League quality, and we are confident that he will do so again next term and win Southgate over.

Leeds are pushing for the top-six, and we need more goals from Bamford.

While he impressed in front of goal last term, he missed quite a lot of chances, and head coach Marcelo Bielsa will be looking to further get the best out of him.

In other Leeds news, pundit suggests Whites star may want to quit Elland Rd amid reported PL rival interest.