Patrick Bamford has claimed he doesn’t deserve to be talked about in terms of a call-up to the England squad just yet – and some Leeds United fans have reacted on Twitter to praise their player for his comments.
Bamford, 27, was part of the Whites team that earned promotion from the Championship last season as title-winners and he managed 16 goals for them.
But there were huge question marks going into the Premier League season about whether or not he could be a success in the top-flight, as his previous experience in the top-flight had failed to take off.
The left-footed striker has silenced his critics by scoring six goals in the opening six Premier League games of the season and has been the spearhead for a Leeds team that are taking the division by storm.
Many people have been debating whether in-form Bamford could be in with a shout for Gareth Southgate’s next England squad, but the player has explained he feels he needs to perform for longer on the big stage to be in with a shout of a national call-up.
“That would be a dream [being called up to the England squad],” Bamford told talkSPORT.
“That would be a dream [come true]. The important thing for me is that I’ve played six games and done quite well in those games, but it’s unfair for me to compare myself to the other England strikers who have been doing it for a long time at this level. They are more worthy [to be in contention for the Euros] at the minute.
“I think by the end of the season if I’m still doing it and I’m up there in the top scorers charts then we can talk about whether or not I deserve a place in the England squad.”
A selection of Leeds supporters on social media are praising the honesty from Bamford, with one claiming it’s an indication of the mindset that manager Marcelo Bielsa has installed in the players at Elland Road.
Here are some Leeds fans discussing Bamford’s comments:
He isn’t good enough at the moment, he says it himself a few more months and if still pinging them in then maybe a shout
— Stewart ⚽️ LUFC ⚪️ (@Stewartlufc89) October 29, 2020
So humble. This is the ethos bielsa has built in the team. Let’s hope he is in a place at the end of the season where people are talking about him being included in the squad. https://t.co/XWv3j8EDnA
— Ralph Bownas (@ralph98bownas) October 29, 2020
— Terry Felipe (@eltel89) October 29, 2020
He’s playing it down he knows what the situation is currently. It’s fair to assume he doesn’t want this to be debated.
— Tom McGhee (@Mad_McGhee) October 29, 2020
Great response for Bamford, I like how he is prepared to work hard for his chance
— Kershaw (@DavidKershaw7) October 29, 2020
So modest. Pure class. But he’s still England’s second best striker x
— Caleb ✍️ ( aj beats fury) (@caleb23lufc) October 29, 2020
He offers a team so much. Way more than just a finisher
— JBwhite32 (@JBwhite32) October 29, 2020
Comes out well here https://t.co/JpBhbWQNp6
— Danny (@DannyRLUFC) October 29, 2020