This week Gareth Southgate announced his England squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland for the first time he included Patrick Bamford. The Leeds United striker netted 17 goals and 8 assists in 38 Premier League appearances last season and many thought he could have been a wild card for the European Championship squad. So far this season Bamford is yet to find the net but has managed to register an assist and fully deserved his call up to the England squad.
It is not his first taste of international football with appearances for England’s under 21, 19 and 18 as well as an appearance for Ireland under 18s. With 3 matches in the upcoming international it is likely that he will make his first bow into senior international football. Early on his career many deemed Bamford not good enough for the Premier League as
during spells on loan at Crystal Palace, Norwich City, Burnley and Middlesbrough he only managed 1 goal in 27 Premier League appearances. But under the guidance of master tactician Marcelo Bielsa he has up his game to be one of the most complete strikers in the game.
The 27 year old has a similar play style to England captain Harry Kane with his ability to drop deep and spray passes in behind but also be a fox in the box when needed to. This would allow Southgate to keep his preferred system when Kane is not available or rested.
Bamford has been selected along with Tottenham captain Harry Kane and Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the only strikers in the squad. Bamford will also be joining his Leeds United team mate Kalvin Phillips in the England squad. The midfielder was one of the stars of the show as the Three Lions made it all the way to the final of EURO 2020.
Bamford will be hoping he can make his England debut this week and impress to try and force his way into Gareth Southgate’s plans for next years World Cup in Qatar.