Patrick Bamford declares second season intention as Leeds United striker awaits Gareth Southgate's England decision

PATRICK Bamford has outlined his aims upon a second season back in the Premier League after admitting other strikers are ahead of him in the England pecking order.

By Lee Sobot
Monday, 24th May 2021, 11:09 am
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 11:10 am

Leeds United no 9 Bamford will discover on Tuesday lunch time whether he has made Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate s England squad for this summer's Euros.

UEFA are permitting nations to name 26-man squads due to the difficulties caused by coronavirus although only 23 players can be named on any matchday team sheet.

Bamford has yet to receive any call up to the England squad but finished the Premier League season as the second highest scoring Englishman on 17 goals.

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WAITING GAME: For Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, above, who will discover on Tuesday lunchtime if he has made Gareth Southgate's England squad for the Euros. Photo by LYNNE CAMERON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.

Only Tottenham's Three Lions captain Harry Kane managed more with a return of 23 goals which was enough to win the division's Golden Boot.

Bamford finished joint fourth in the Golden Boot race, scoring one more than Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin and three more than Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins, both of whom made Southgate's latest squad.

The Whites striker has also weighed in with seven assists, two more than Watkins and seven more than Calvert-Lewin.

Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford and Manchester City star Raheem Sterling also both appear banker bets to make Southgate's Euros squad and the versatile duo can both play upfront whilst Red Devils youngster Mason Greenwood is another centre forward option.

Bamford now faces a waiting game but is respectful of the competition he faces and either way is already focused on further enhancing his international credentials next term.

The Leeds star netted from the penalty spot in Sunday's 3-1 victory at home to West Brom and was asked by Match Of The Day if he could have done anything else to impress Southgate and said: "Yeah, I could have, today I should have scored three and I only played a half of football.

"I can always do more.

"I have said previous times that there's so many good players and probably people ahead of me in the pecking order in terms of England at the minute and it's my first year in the Premier League so I think I have got to follow it up next year and see what happens."

Reflecting on Sunday's season finale in which victory sealed Leeds a ninth-placed finish, Bamford reasoned: "I think it's important to finish on a high.

"Whilst we have had a really good season, I think that it's a short memory in football so if we lost today it would leave a little bit of a sour taste in the celebrations and everyone going home.

"It was important to win and also the fact that the fans were here.

"Obviously it was crucial to put on a show for them and it was a good game.

"I think we fully deserved the win."

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