Patrick Bamford opens up on international plans after strong start to the season
Patrick Bamford has been keen to clarify his position on his international future, with him being eligible for both the Republic of Ireland and England.
As per the Yorkshire Evening Post, Bamford has hit back at the ‘rubbish’ written about him and said delaying over making a decision last season was because he wanted to focus on Leeds.
Bamford said: “Some of the stuff that gets written in the press is a load of rubbish. I spoke to Mick (McCarthy) and he asked me to basically change over nationality for the summer games and I said ‘look I had a bad injury last year and I want to concentrate interest of the season with Leeds.’
“I am not saying no, I am just concentrating on Leeds. I haven’t closed any doors, I have not said yes, I have not said no.”
TBR’s View – Bamford perhaps wise to bide his time and wait for England
Bamford insists that his focus is on Leeds – which will be music to the ears of the Elland Road support – but the way he has dealt with the situation has made it plain he isn’t exactly falling over himself to play for Ireland.
Irish football isn’t in an especially inspiring place right now and it’s understandable that Bamford isn’t busting a gut to play for them.
On the other hand, the likes of Tyrone Mings are testament to how quickly things can change, for a player in the Championship.
England aren’t exactly blessed with strikers and if Leeds got promoted and Bamford fired in the goals in the Premier League, he could get into Gareth Southgate’s plans, which is so much more enticing at this moment in time.
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