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Chris Sutton makes Patrick Bamford claim after England snub

Chris Sutton has told the Daily Mail that he would have had Patrick Bamford in his final England squad, perhaps hinting that he would have picked the Leeds United striker ahead of Ollie Watkins.

Bamford’s omission was one of the major talking points to emerge as Gareth Southgate named his 33-man provisional lineup ahead of Euro 2020.

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The 27-year-old was the second-highest scoring Englishman in the Premier League this term.

Nevertheless, Southgate decided to stick with Watkins, having opted for the Aston Villa man during the previous international break.

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Watkins has been fantastic in his first year back in the top flight. But as Sutton ran through the 33 players included, he seemed to hint that Bamford would have got the nod if he was in charge.

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“I would have liked to see Patrick Bamford make the 26-man squad, let alone the 33,” he told the Daily Mail. “But Watkins won the race because he’s enjoyed a great season and is a good all-rounder.”

England are blessed with a superb group of attacking players right now. Danny Ings can arguably join Bamford in feeling extremely hard done by, for example.

But Bamford could have hardly done more to earn a chance. His return of 17 goals was a phenomenal achievement given the criticism he faced before the season had even started.

You can completely understand why Villa fans would back Watkins ahead of Bamford.

But in very simple terms, Bamford has more goals and assists than Watkins or Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season. So it is little surprise that many are clearly angered by the decision to leave Bamford out.

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