Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford is in contention for an England call-up for the upcoming November games, according to the Times.
The 27-year-old missed out on a Three Lions call-up last week, but Gareth Southgate did claim he is under consideration for later in the season.
That chance could come sooner, with Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford potentially being a doubt after picking up an injury against Everton on Saturday.
Rashford picked up a shoulder problem and was set to be assessed on Sunday before making any decision on his spot in the England squad.
The Times report that Bamford is being seriously considered as a potential replacement, with Danny Ings also currently out with an injury.
Callum Wilson of Newcastle and Leicester’s Harvey Barnes are other options, although Bamford had the best weekend of those three in-form players.
Southgate will take that into consideration if he is forced to make a decision, with Bamford the only one to score in the latest round of fixtures.
Bamford was one of the shining lights on a disappointing afternoon from start to finish for Leeds, scoring twice but only one of those counted.
Both were excellent finishes though, the first being a scoop over the onrushing keeper and the second an exquisite volley after chesting down inside the box.
The 27-year-old is keeping pace with the goal-hungry Harry Kane, both having scored seven – although Bamford has a better goal per 90 minutes ratio [BBC].
Who would have thought Bamford would have been in this position six months ago? No matter how many doubters he has had, he would definitely deserve his spot with the Three Lions – fingers crossed.
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