Bamford given 5/10 rating for England win over Andorra
Leeds ace Patrick Bamford was handed a five out of 10 rating after England beat Andorra 4-0.
Jesse Lingard got the side off to a good start in a poor opening period that saw a lack of ruthlessness in the final third.
However, a triple substitution on the 61st minute, which included Bamford, changed the game.
Harry Kane, Mason Mount and Jack Grealish came on to add some gloss to the scoreline with the side striking three times late on.
Bamford was making his Three Lions debut on his 28th birthday, however, it proved something of a struggle for the Whites’ striker.
He had the third-least number of touches (17) of any England player, less than substitutes, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount.
The 28-year-old was starved of any service, having just two shots on goal. But, the one great chance the forward did have was blazed over the bar.
Bamford was also anonymous throughout proceedings, attempting just 10 passes. When you compare it with how Kane actively drops deep to involve himself, it speaks volumes about how much the player struggled.
The Express described him as being ‘out of his depth’.
Bamford struggles for England speaks volumes
Yesterday’s performance will not necessarily define Bamford and his England career.
However, it does go a long to explaining why he was not picked for the Euro 2020 squad.
His display against Andorra was far from what you would expect from an England centre-forward. Struggling against the 156th side in the world is almost unforgivable.
It further shows why Kane is the preferred man for Southgate and has been for some time.
And when you even compare the Leeds man to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, you would understand why he was even behind the 24-year-old in the pecking order.
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